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A blind Rockaway, NJ gun collector can keep his guns. NJ Superior Court Judge Thomas Manahan ruled that the Second Amendment does indeed apply to all Americans, even blind gun collectors.
A blind gun collector can keep his gun permit and will have the weapons previously seized from his house by police returned to him, following a judge's order handed down Friday in Superior Court in Morristown.
Steven Hopler, 49, of Rockaway Township won the latest battle in an ongoing war over his Second Amendment rights. The Morris County Prosecutor's office had asked Judge Thomas Manahan to revoke Hopler's firearms ID card and seize all guns in his possession, arguing Hopler abused alcohol and posed a danger to others by being a gun owner.
The anti-gun zealots really put Mr. Hopler through the wringer. An avid collector all his life, he lost his sight to diabetes in 1991. The authorities immediately moved to revoke his Second Amendment rights, the beginnings of a vendetta which culminated in this latest victory for Mr. Hopler. At stake here were the firearms police seized in 2008 when he accidentally shot himself in the shin while cleaning one of his guns.
The drunkard charge was bogus from the get-go, based solely on the hearsay testimony of a convicted burglar. Trumped up charges are good enough for the gun-grabbers, but alas not particularly relevant when compared to Mr. Hopler's Constitutional rights.
In his written decision handed down Friday Manahan said he believed Hopler, who completed an NRA Home Safety Course, is well-versed in how to handle a firearm. He also noted two Superior Court judges previously permitted him to purchase firearms.
In 2004 Hopler successfully challenged the Rockaway Township police chief's refusal to give him a gun permit because of a municipal court conviction for being unruly in a bar.
And in 1994 when the township police revoked a gun permit after learning he was blind, Hopler appealed and was allowed to keep his permit on the condition he fire weapons only in the presence of an adult trained in the use of firearms. This condition still stands.
Guns aren't scary. Having your Constitutional rights stolen by bureaucratic fiat, that's scary. It shouldn't require three separate court decisions to affirm the equal protection of the Second Amendment. But sadly, there are no "emanations of penumbras" at the Brady Campaign.
Fortunately the Constitution has a friend in Judge Manahan.
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