The idiocy of gun control laws has ensnared another one of our marines. Jon Hammar, a former U.S. Marine, is currently being held in a northern Mexican prison after being arrested for carrying his grandfather’s antique shotgun over the border.
Hammer, who was suffering from PTSD after serving four years in Iraq and Afghanistan, was on his way to Costa Rica for a much needed vacation. Him and a friend filled up a used Winnebago with their surfboards and camping supplies, and then made their way towards the border. Before going over the border, he registered an old antique shotgun with U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials.
U.S. border patrol agents assured him his shotgun posed no problem, and could be easily registered in Mexico. As soon as Hammar crossed the border and tried to declare the weapon in Mexico, he was arrested and charged with possession of a deadly weapon. The charge is a felony in Mexico and carries a prison term of up to 15 years.
His family claims it all comes down to a matter of inches. Apparently Mexican law outlaws shotguns with a barrel under 25 inches; Hammer’s barrel measured in at 24 inches. Because of this, Hammer has been jailed since August in a Mexican prison run by local drug cartels. His family says he’s been chained to a Bed and claims they’ve received calls demanding thousands of dollars in payments to keep him alive.
So far the Obama administration has done nothing to help Hammer, and the U.S. embassy in Mexico refuses to comment on the situation.