WASHINGTON (AP) — A Marine detailed to the office of California GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter Jr. was arrested Tuesday for possession of an unregistered firearm after a loaded .45 caliber handgun was discovered in his vehicle.
Gunnery Sgt. Peter Boby, a congressional fellow in the Corps’ Office of Legislative Affairs, was arrested after being stopped at a security checkpoint near a House office building, according to the U.S. Capitol Police.
Moral of this story: don’t go to DC.
Boby was also charged with carrying a pistol without a license and possession of unregistered ammunition. He processed at Capitol Police headquarters.
This is a DC thing. If your pistol isn’t licensed by DC (and they won’t license it), then any ammunition possessed is considered unregistered and is also a crime. If the GySgt had somehow managed to win a golden ticket to have his .45 registered, if he accidentally had some .22 lr or 5.56mm or 9mm ammo in his range bag, then could still be arrested for unregistered ammo, because the ammo has to go with the gun DC deigned to permit you to have.
“He’s a hero who’s seen combat, who’s been wounded and who’s been in good standing with the Marine Corps throughout,” Hunter said. “We are still getting the facts but this was most likely an accident. There’s no reason to suggest it was intentional.”
Ignorance of any of the massive amount of law that exists is no defense. Mens rea is meaningless. The Bill of Rights and the Second Amendment are also meaningless. The people have the right to keep and bear arms except when the government decides you can’t, especially as the government will use taxpayer money to fund their lawyers to fight you tooth and nail in court to continue crushing your natural rights.
Unless you’re David Gregory, of course.
Update: Just to clarify, the way it reads is he was stopped at a security checkpoint. The kind of place they should say “no, you have to leave that item outside or check it here before entering”, not the kind of place where you’re stomped by casual tyranny and arrested for “the Bill of Rights means nothing in the nation’s capitol, fool!”