Marine jailed in Mexico after U.S. Border Patrol Assures him He Can Carry Gun into Mexico

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.

USMCHammer, 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.


  1. Gerardo
    December 13, 2012 at 11:41 am

    The same happens daily the other way around. Is not your country laws or officials you have to ask about other country laws.

  2. rev. dave
    December 13, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Perhaps the agents on duty that day can be identified and would admit they gave him that advice? That way our government might be willing to get involved and get him out of there. Otherwise, the claim that was what they told him is just an excuse that isn’t holding water.

  3. Xerxan
    December 13, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    His parents need to call his buddies from the Corp and stage a rescue, it’s not like they haven’t been trained to stuff like that.

    • black
      December 15, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      Hey im in thats just sad ill will be falowing this storrie there is black groups that will go in for him to git him out

  4. william
    December 13, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Simple, send in the marines.

  5. Joker
    December 14, 2012 at 6:10 am

    I’m in!!! let’s go get our brother out!

  6. Raid the prison.
    June 5, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Lets get him out. If our Govt. isn’t going to do anything to help him, we should. What would Putin do if the Mexicans were holding a Russian Marine?!?

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