Active Duty Wounded VET Has Guns Confiscated & then Thrown in Jail in D.C.

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Imagine returning home from multiple tours of duty, where you are asked to put your life on the line on a daily basis, only to find yourself sitting in jail for something the government pays you to do…. CARRY A GUN

Lt. Augustine KimWell that’s exactly what happened to Lieutenant Augustine while driving through Washington D.C.  Ironically, our nation’s capital, the so-called center of freedom, doesn’t recognize the 2nd amendment right to bear arms. To make matters worse, they don’t even trust our soldiers who they send into harms way to carry one here at home.

Lieutenant Kim, who was at home being treated at Walter Reed Memorial Hospital for wounds that he received on the battlefield, was in the process of moving his belongings back home. Before being deployed, Lieutenant Kim brought his ten thousand dollar gun collection to his parents home for safe keeping. While at home, seeking medical treatment for his wounds, Lieutenant Kim decided to transport his collection back to his home in South Carolina.

He drove out to his parents home in New Jersey and secured the weapons in the trunk of his vehicle, according to federal firearms transportation law, and then set out for his home in South Carolina. In route from New Jersey he stopped in Washington D.C. for a scheduled round of treatment at Walter Reed Memorial Hospital.

And that’s when his troubles started….

After leaving his appointment at Walter Reed, Kim was pulled over by the D.C. police department. Because of some sort of clerical error, the police believed Lieutenant Kim was driving on a suspended license and asked to search his car. Believing that he had nothing to hide, Kim allowed officers to search his vehicle.

He was then handcuffed, arrested, thrown in jail, and his guns were confiscated.

Despite following federal firearms rules, set by the Firearms Owners Protection Act, and explaining that he was only trying to transport his gun collection home to South Carolina, Lieutenant Kim was arrested on four felony counts and then thrown in jail. Lieutenant Kim, a solider who put his life on the line for this country, was now facing up to 20 years in prison for transporting his legal firearms to his home in South Carolina.

According to the Washington Times, the police told Mr. Kim he was in violation of D.C. Law for carrying firearms outside his home. They didn’t care that he had followed federal transportation laws or that the firearms were locked up in the truck of his car. In their view, he was a criminal.

“I told them I had been under the impression that as long as the guns were locked in the back, with the ammunition separate, that I was allowed to transport them,” Mr. Kim told the Times in an interview. “They said, ‘That may be true, however, since you stopped at Walter Reed, that make you in violation of the registration laws.” It is illegal to possess a firearm anywhere in D.C. other than the home.

After months of court hearings, the U.S. attorneys office eventually knocked the felony charges down to four misdemeanor charges of possession of unregistered firearms. Kim’s attorney said:

“They offered this great deal with no trial and a virtual guarantee the charges would be dismissed for two reasons,” “They knew they had slight problem with the transport issue.  And they knew he was a wounded vet. They just decided this wouldn’t be the best kind of case to get to trial.”

Eventually Lieutenant Kim, who is in the process of returning for another tour of duty in Kosovo, decided that his best option would be to accept the plea deal. After following the rules set by the court, the charges were eventually dismissed. His record however, has not been expunged and Lieutenant Kim still has the four firearms charges on his record. These charges could be used to block Kim from purchasing firearms in the future.

To add insult to injury, Washington D.C. is now refusing to return Lieutenant Kim’s expensive gun collection. The U.S. attorney’s office informed the D.C Metropolitan Police Department that Mr. Kim’s guns were no longer needed for evidence, but for some reason they are still refusing to return his guns.

Kim’s Lawyer told the Times:

“This is legalized theft, the charges were dropped, and they don’t give you your property back? The Constitution requires that if the government takes your property, it has to do something to keep it. They can’t sit around twiddling their thumbs.”

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  1. Martin says:

    This has happened to many of my military veteran friends here in America. The weapons are never returned. No apology is ever offered. Police State? I’m afraid so.

    • A vet. says:

      Thats ok, I had already long been rated as 100% disabled due to injuries sustained in OIF-’05′( my overall individual ratings came out to almost 500%!), I had complained that it had taken them way too many years to finish it all, and that they had lost my file one 4 different occasions. it resulted in a big investigation, and a huge check for years of back pay-for which I still have not received lol!

      but then, out of the blue they I had to go to another additional ratings exam. I think it was a mental exam that lasted all of 5 minutes, and basically covered the information below. then I was rushed away.

      At the time, I was staying in a domestic violence shelter because my ex wife had tried to drown our 11 mo, then assaulted me, so CPS has us put into this shelter, and the examiner asked why we were there, so I told him.
      Then he asked what ive been doing with my time, and told him going to school. he asked what I was taking, i told him business classes, trying to finish up my degree. he asked what classes I was taking, and I said I just finished business law, had taken some AJS classes, and was thinking about financial management and time management classes, and was also thinking about taking Dave Ramsey financial U. classes. He asked if I had any hobbies, and I said yea, im a certified NRA instructor, and I like to do target practice when I can. and he said, you own guns? I said, yea, used to, but had to sell them all to feed my 11 mo. but its ok, being a dad is better than anything. It is the greatest thing I have ever done, no better joy in the world to me than this! he said ok, thank you, and the exam ended.

      A year later, i get a letter in the mail saying they were withholding my VA compensation and appointing a fiduciary to manage my money. oh, and that they found me mentally defective, so under the brady law, i was now a prohibited possessor!

      The reason for the determination? because I was staying in a shelter and because i stated i was taking time management classes!

      I am so not kidding, that was the only two reasons!

      I sent a copy to the NRA hoping they would help out, but thus far, no response. Im hearing from other vets the NRA wont respond to any of the complaints on this. I don’t see why they wont on mine, mine is clean!

      I mean seriously, I was found to me mentally defective because we were victims of a crime, and i was going to school, my gun rights were takin away?

      Its not like I ever said I wanted to harm anyone, or heard voices in my head, or any other mental disorder. Or was rated for mental issues and such.
      If that were the case then i could blame them.

      But my ratings are for physical, not mental issues. For heavens sake! My civilian job was law enforcement, and an MP + Medic in the Army National Guard!

      LOL, if I tell them im depressed that my gun rights were taken, they might try to commit me?….. ;-)

      • USCCAdude says:

        Join USCCA (www.usconcealedcarry.com) and see what legal help they can provide you.

  2. Against Violence says:

    Good! I think there are far to many guns on the streets and anything that can be done to solve that problem I will fully support. Maybe once they get rid of all the guns this country can start to heal from all the divisiveness it has experienced lately.

    I don’t own a gun and I have never needed to use one. I really don’t understand why people feel the need to have a devise that’s only purpose is to kill someone.

    • redbear762 says:

      Wait…you’re on a *survival* site and won’t carry a gun?

      WTF??

      • church says:

        aww man leave her alone …..against violence….go talk to the British people…they not violent neither…..lol

        • church says:

          since the British govt. took the gun from they’re people crime has risen 48% across the country now all the thugs and criminal are the only ones ARMED ask they’re police force..don’t take my word for it…research your self…

    • Edward says:

      Question is have you ever shot a gun before? A gun is used to protect your family and property and maybe for hunting purposes to get meat for your family. The people that commit crimes are the ones that kill, So think about it, A nut job comes into your house kills your dog that was sitting right next to you and then rapes your wife and nothing you could of done. and then again you could of had 38 special hidden in the cushion think about it

    • Rich D. says:

      Against Violence…

      Are you kidding me? Please speak with intelligence, and learn something. EVERY COUNTRY THAT HAS FORCED THEIR PUBLIC TO GIVE UP THEIR GUNS HAS MURDERED THEM AT SOME POINT AFTERWARD!!! Every Country!!! …. Do I need to say it again… EVERY COUNTRY. Your lack of ignorance doesn’t really surprise me, for there are many like you out there. Protected by those who carry guns.
      But then again, I shouldn’t be so hard on you, for it is people like you who say and do stupid things that keep me with a job!!!

      • Aaron says:

        and New Zealand isnt a country?
        agreed in places like america it is needed to have at least one gun, i wouldnt even set foot in america without one. but here there is no need. not even our police walk around with guns, they have a shotgun locked in the trunk but thats standard practice. just dont assume, please?

        • LCMN says:

          Aaron, it sounds like you are the one that is assuming. You live in a place surrounded by water. Try living near Mexico without one. If you don’t want to set foot in a country, try Mexico, but please don’t assume you know anything about the United States of America.

        • A vet says:

          @aaron,

          By all means, if you got a problem with America, then just don’t come here.

          Especially since crime rates per capita are significantly higher in Europe, Australia, and new zealand, and pretty much everywhere around the world than in the USA.

          If the wild criminal spree in England didnt serve as proof, only the criminals had guns, machetes, chains, knives etc, police were no where to be found and the citizenry were left to fend for themselves, and since only criminals had guns, the people were screwed!

          So your argument is invalid.

      • Homeskillet says:

        How a bout lack of intelligence!

    • AFguy says:

      I wish I lived in fantasyland just like you!! You need to wake up and smell reality!!!

    • Danielle Woodward says:

      What have you been smoking? The United States Constitution guarantees the right to bear arms. Not only that but believe me, the criminal segment of our society would not just hand over their weapons. If you take guns out of the hands of citizens, who have the legal right to carry/own them, then you are only setting the stage for more murder and mayhem.

      My father was a police officer in South Carolina. I was raised to respect a gun and I know how to shoot one. I also have a gun for personal protection. I’d rather know that if some idiot decided to break into my house with the intent to rape/murder/pillage or whatever their sick mind came up with, that I had the ability to protect myself, pets, and property by using my gun.

      A gun has other uses besides just killing someone as you stated. A gun can be used to hunt an animal to feed your family. A gun can be used in sports – such as skeet shooting. A gun can only be used to kill, if that is what the person holding said gun decides to do with it. Guns are not the problem. It is like blaming a pencil for a spelling mistake.

      This gentleman is a United States hero, fighting to protect our freedoms…including your freedom of speech. Just imagine if our military didn’t make the sacrifices they have to protect the freedoms we so greatly appreciate. What kind of country would we live in then?

      May God bless America and keep and protect her troops. And may this hero be given his gun collection back.

      • Homeskillet says:

        If guns kill people, pencils cause supid poeple, and fast foods make people FAT! Guns are inanament objects until a person decides to do otherwise!

      • Chase says:

        you spelled bare arms “bear arms”

        • Duh says:

          Bare – without covering or clothing; naked; nude, unadorned; bald; plain

          Bear – to hold up; support, to hold

          “Bear arms” is grammatically correct. Schools continue to fail our youth.

          • T says:

            hahaha, you owned him. He’s pretty stupid though so that’s not a hard thing to do, but congrats nonetheless!

      • Barbara says:

        Well said Danielle!!

    • Terry says:

      Really, they’re what made you free,STUPID!!

      • Barbara says:

        Well said Terry, somebody needs to read their history!! These are the people who are the first to complain when something happens to them. Hope they never have to face a demented idiot!!

    • PEOPLE KEEP UR GUNS...INFACT BUY MORE says:

      YOUR NUTS! We need guns to protect our selfs cause the goverment dont’t do sh!t to protect us. I rather have a gun and never reach for it rather then needing a gun and not having one. When this corrupt country finally falls we will need our guns for survival & protection. I suggest everyone should have at least 1 firearm at home.

    • Josh wilson says:

      Did you know that Germany declared gun control before WWII and guess what happened? Millions of people (13 million to be exact) were killed because they couldn’t defend themselves. So if you want them to take our guns then keep saying stuff like that but you will never hear me say it…

      • Barbara says:

        I couldn’t agree with you more John. Wake up America!!! Watch Fox news once in awhile people, you will learn alot, because you definitely not learning anything from the main stream media!! WISE UP!!!

        • TheWiredWorld says:

          ouuuch….You’re very right but to learn something you need to turn the TV off. I couldn’t stress that anymore.

      • A vet. says:

        @josh,

        To be even more enlightening, every country that has enacted registration, has led to gun control, then to confiscation, then dictatorships that led to atrocities and tyranny.

        This was the whole reason people fled Europe and came to America and drafted the Constitution, to escape the tyranny.

        And its why our borders are flooded with immigrants, they are all fleeing the world wide tyranny and oppression.

        Unfortunantly, alot of the crime that America does have is by immigrants.

        I have traveled the world and seen it for myself, and its why I don’t step off US soil anymore. its the only free place in the world!!!

        I thank God that the Army never sent me back to places like africa, where people get cut up with machetes like its a sporting event! Seeing all the little babies mutilated and wasn’t allowed to do anything about it was gut wrenching, hoping we’d get the order to go hot- that never came.

    • Enter your name... says:

      Your just a freekin idiot. That is the only purpose a murderer may carry a gun. Most of us educated and civilized American’s carry a gun to protect ourselves and in the event you happen to be with me, you from murderer who carry guns.

    • Steve White says:

      What are you 12….act like you have some brains

    • Homeskillet says:

      You are a left winger who has an agenda! Second, why are you on this site? Third, as I read it, the story contradicts itself. Was he going to S.C. or Coming from.

    • Jerry says:

      Do you not realize that removing firearms from honest responsible people just leaves all the filthy degenerates with theirs?Not to mention alot of people use them to live..Hunting,for example …Anyone for expelling the 2nd amendment has a head problem..Look at Texas…since just about everyone there owns one..crime is not too high…

    • grennbean says:

      wth? i have had 2 brothers shot and one is dead, one almost was and A PERSON DID IT. guns dont kill on there own, there is a person behind them making sure that happens. and its only point isnt to kill SOMEONE enless you mean to, plenty of people hunt to feed their families. geez.

    • biker bob says:

      thanks

      as an active hells angel member in good standing. I am gratified to know your position and fully support you. Now If we could please have your address me and the boys would like to stop by to see you and and express our gratitude. That is you beein unarmed an all. PARTY

    • Afghan Vet says:

      I am guessing that you are probably just a troll based on your comments. If not, your logic is seriously flawed.
      You are on a site dedicated to rugged individualism and the belief that we neither need nor expect the authorities to bail us out if something bad were to happen, not to mention the fact that 99.99999999% of preppers own guns and take our right to defend ourselves and our families with guns VERY seriously. If you don’t want to own a gun, don’t. Simple as that. No one is forcing you to own one, just don’t say that any other lawful citizen shouldn’t own one. No one owes you or anybody else an explanation as to why they want to own or carry a gun and nobody really cares if you don’t understand it. Just a suggestion: re-take American History and Civics, I think you missed something.

    • ranger33 says:

      What a ignorant person you are. Cars have kill more people that guns , so should we get rid of them. What this World needs less of are people like yourself.

      • Barbara says:

        Amen to that Ranger33!!! with less people like these left wingnut braindead idiots, we wouldn’t need to have guns to protect ourselves!!!

    • Kawika says:

      Are you seriously saying “good” that this happened to a law abiding vet. Shame on you! Divisiveness will always be around; with or without guns look at history.

    • NRAenthusiast says:

      You have to be one the most ignorant people in the world. To think that unarming law abiding citizens is going to solve violence. Good luck when you ass is getting robbed or beat. Then we’ll ask again how that went without being armed!

    • Mjmilitia says:

      Hold the f on you don’t like guns then get the hell out of the USA out second amendment allows it our forefather thought it was damn important and just strait out I hate people like you I own a gun store in Nevada and our crime rate is damn low cause the crooks know for a fact that we will shoot them and kill them if they try any shit. On top of that the criminals will still have guns and that leaves us defenseless shame on you shame get out if this country go to a country that won’t aloe guns if that’s how you feel.

    • Gary says:

      I was going to post a George Washington quote about the right of the individual to posses arms but I found one with your mind thought.

      The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to permit the conquered Eastern peoples to have arms. History teaches that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by doing so.
      – Hitler, April 11 1942

    • C says:

      LMAO!!! You are narrow minded. 2nd amendment… MUST BE A LIBERAL. Cant wait for people like u to learn…

    • Nate says:

      See this is the straight up TRUTH of the matter, I support the fact that you do not own a gun, even though I have to pay police and other people to keep you safe. I however do not force it upon you or your family to own a gun so therefore why do you people try and take ours away or think that we should not own them? Next it is our DUTY to own guns in this country, read your 2nd amendment ALL of it that was put in there for a reason so WE THE PEOPLE had not only the right but the duty to protect ourselves from both stupid people and protect others.

      And if ANY of you think that we should not own guns why then I hope you take up you most valuable god given right in this country, THE RIGHT TO LEAVE !!!!!!

      And to further this argument, just remember

      “When your life is going to be decided in a matter of SECONDS the police will be there in a few MINUTES”

    • A vet. says:

      You got issues!

      The only real divisiveness we have is people like you trying to undermine the U.S. Constitution!

      If your trying to make your weak argument on the martin/zimmerman case, sorry, doesn’t hold water.
      I absolutely think zimmerman is within the law, and if the attack on that Florida soldier that almost killed him stands as proof since it shows exactly what could have happened/ how bad it could have been to zimmerman, then he will likely be rightfully acquitted.

      Its gun hating, anti second amendment/Constitution hating people like you that would destroy the Constitution, and see us weak and defenseless, victims to the thugs and other criminals, if you all had your way.

      If your so anti gun=Constitution, then you are free to move to another country and pound sand there. see ya!

      Oh, and your an idiot! firearms have many purposes, sporting, hunting, and self protection, to stop a threat.

      Which murders more people more people, criminals with legal guns or drunk drivers?

      The drunk driver of course, and a vehicle isnt designed to kill anything!

      BWAHAHAHAHA!

    • yankeecowboysamurai says:

      B”Better to have a gun and not need it, then need a gun and not have it.”

  3. Against Violence is a moron says:

    Okay Against Violence, once someone robs you at gunpoint, then I bet money you will change your mind. You want to know why we have the second admendment? It’s to we can protect ourselves. You want to know why our nation has never and will never be invaded? It’s because of the amount of armed citizens. The Japanese said this at the begining of ww2. Even the Germans said it! Think about that.

    Also, you liberal hippie, he’s a war vet! What do you want our military to use, rocks? Lol

    Cougar, North California State Militia

  4. I will keep my guns, thank you! says:

    Against violence, you are a tool and idiot.

  5. Pro 2nd amendment lefty says:

    To be blunt “Against Violence,” you are an idiot, police attacks against innocent people whether they be wounded vets or Occupy protestors are on the rise, only a fool advocates for complete disarmament in that situation.

    And least you think I am a regressive conservative, my politics fall somewhere between the anarchist black block and the Green Party, AND I am a prepper.

    Deal!

  6. Swan says:

    Against Violence – Your ignorance sickens me, and you need to find yourself a different website to promote that way of thinking.

  7. Rich D. says:

    This is unbelievable. Our Government needs to be forced by WE THE PEOPLE, to make this right. Then pass the laws that will stop this from happening again!!
    Completely disgusting!!!!

  8. Time for Anarchy??? says:

    Since when is DC not under the Constitution?
    They unlawfully siezed a war hero’s property and treated him like a felon, and they wonder why we hate the police? And those are the people we are supposed to trust to protect us??? I think not! Besides by the time the cops get there…if they even show up, you would be a statistic. I’ll keep my guns!

    • jerry says:

      Time for Anarchy…Totally agree…Police are only getting worse..

      • Barbara says:

        I agree with you Jerry to a point, the police are only following their orders, which come from the TOP, the very TOP in Washington, just like some of the Nazi soldiers did during World War 11. I am sure that alot of them didn’t want to do what they were ordered to do against other inocent people, but their orders came from the TOP, you know Hitler! We can’t put the blame on the police.

        • Barbara needs re-education says:

          I didn’t know we had world war 11 (eleven yet? WWII dumb ass! They use Roman numbers. P.S. Fox news is mainstream. LMFAO!

          • Nate says:

            Wow really have you met the cops these days? I can’t tell them apart from the people they put away, except I see that I pay them out of every one of my checks

            And please tell me how it is okay that he had all his guns taken away,hell what if it was your say car or TV I bet you would be pissed, Y,N?

  9. church says:

    shucks….one less soldier to worry about when they implement marshal law……Ok hold up here let me see if I understand… correct me if I’m wrong…..In Washington DC. it against the law to carry a gun OUT side your home ok humm…ok HOW IN THE HELL DO YOU GET THE GUN TO YOUR DAM HOUSE WHEN YOU BYE IT??????

    • NRAenthusiast says:

      You know I was thing the same thing. What a screwed up law. I can only think of one reason guns are outlawed in DC. To keep our idiot politicians from getting lynched, so they passed it to ward it off as much as they could.

      • Nate says:

        Next it will be rope lol

  10. pissed says:

    hell people die in cars everyday, mabey we should ban them too and walk to work

  11. bogus! says:

    Probably threw lots to see who would take which weapon home with them. They just don’t want to give them back.

  12. Robert says:

    This is so wrong! Stay out of our nation’s capital!! I will own and use a gun until the day that it is pried from my cold dead fingers!!!

  13. Afghan Vet says:

    I think that the powers in DC are starting to see that they have pushed too far and are worried about people pushing back. I’m afraid it’s going to get a whole lot worse before it gets better.

  14. pete on the street says:

    1. Do not consent to searches. (learn the law of the land)
    2. Hire the MEN who have firearms offenses on their records.
    3. Don’t show up alone in DC with guns. Show up in groups of 1000 or more!~
    4. Don’t be afraid of tyranny.
    5. -

    • William says:

      Hay Pete you forgot 5 standup for each other

  15. wormdirt says:

    Everyone needs to contact the dc police dept and bug them until they do something. Remember, dc – district of corruption.

  16. Revolt says:

    Land of the Moron, Home of the Stupid. A lot of restrained and burdened people left their land once to seek freedom from harsh governments. Its about time we start looking for a new country and use our now defunct constitution as guidance agin.

  17. wormdirt says:

    You can complain directly to them. I urge everyone to fire an email to them at mpd@dc.gov
    asking them why they have not returned his firearms.

  18. dryboard says:

    I don’t get these people that bash religion, gun ownership, etc. If someone is breaking into their house the the first two things they will do is call someone with a gun, and then pray they get there in time.

  19. “This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.”
    Abraham Lincoln

  20. CBD says:

    Jesus Christ… Can we all at least use correct grammar? Don’t give lefties any reason to further the stereotype that we’re all retarded inbred rednecks.

    Now, on topic…
    How exactly do these laws apply to non-residents who are passing through? They shouldn’t. If he followed the Feds’ own rules, he shouldn’t be catching any shit.

    Also: Failure to return confiscated property that can no longer legally be held is a crime in and of itself. So, who is arresting the cops holding the property illegally?

  21. David Davis says:

    When We the People decide that our constitution and our rights to bear arms should no longer be allowed then we are like pawns waiting for our government to take total control of our lives. I believe that Thomas Jefferson was 110% correct when he said that the people should have a revolution whether by vote or by implementing other drastic measures every twenty years was absolutely correct. Our nation remains free as long as we are free to choose to act. Whether it is guns or baseball bats we need to wake up and take our government back now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.

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