Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi Is Free!
by Shorty Dawkins
Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi has been released from the Mexican jail where he spent 214 days. According to Fox News, “After 214 days in a Mexican prison, Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi returned home to Florida Saturday, having been freed Friday night after a strong diplomatic push appeared to help convince a judge to release the former Marine on humanitarian grounds.”
And “After reviewing the ruling, Tahmooressi family spokesman Jonathan Franks said the judge acted on a recommendation from the PGR, the Mexican Attorney General’s Office. In that motion, the prosecutor “essentially withdrew the charges,” Franks said. Moments later, the trial judge issued an acquittal in Andrew’s case, calling for an “immediate and absolute release.“
This is great news for Sgt. Tahmooressi and his family. After his long ordeal, which began when he accidentally crossed the border with guns in his vehicle, having missed the exit he sought, he was convicted in Mexican court for bringing guns into Mexico, in violation of their laws, Andrew is finally free.
You might think Tahmooressi’s troubles were over, but they might not be. As Marine Corp Times reports: Marine vet imprisoned in Mexico could face charges in California
In that report: “Marine veteran Andrew Tahmooressi’s legal problems might not end in Mexico.”
And, “If he’s driving around with multiple loaded weapons in a car, that would be a problem under California law,” said John Donohue, a law professor at Stanford University who has studied gun laws.
“Donohue said Tahmooressi “very likely” violated California’s restriction on AR-15-style rifles. Those types of firearm are legal only if they are registered, according to the state attorney general’s office. The registration deadline, however, was in 2001 — Tahmooressi moved to California from Florida in 2014.
Either the district attorney in San Diego County or the California Attorney General could level the charges, lawyers said.
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill said recently that they expect Mexican authorities will release Tahmooressi in the near future. But American legal experts now say the former sergeant could face more charges once he returns to California for allegedly traveling through the state with loaded weapons in his vehicle.”
That this Marine veteran, who served his Country honorably, should even be under the threat of prosecution by California authorities, is abominable. California’s restrictive gun laws are in violation of the Second Amendment. Oath Keepers stands by the Second Amendment as being an Unalienable Right, not granted by our Government, but as a Natural Right, deriving from our Creator, and inherent in our very existence. The US Constitution specifically spells out our Inherent Rights, or Creator Given Rights, and specifically prohibits the Governments, both State and Federal, (as all States are party to the compact that is the Constitution, which created the General Government), from abridging those Rights. In fact, it is the obligation of the Governments to protect those Rights.
California authorities would do well to not attempt to prosecute Andrew Tahmooressi.