NM Gun Case Shows Government Treats Citizens Differently From Its Own

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Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea

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A member of a gun dealer family arrested over half a year ago for allegedly knowingly selling firearms and ammunition to Mexican cartel buyers has been released on bail, Jeff Knox of The Firearms Coalition reported over the weekend.

[Update–per Knox: “Correcting my previous report, Terri Reese has not yet been released from jail. The judge granted bail on Friday evening (2/24) but Terri will not be released until an appraisal and title search can be completed for the property being put up to secure her bond. Bail was set at $2 million and she will be released on a $100,000 bond. Family and friends are stretching to cover that so it could limit the possibility of finding the money necessary if any of the other Reeses are ever granted bail, but for now the good news is that Terri should be released by the end of the week or early next week if everything goes relatively smoothly. “]

Terri Reese, wife of New Deal Shooting Sports owner Rick Reese, a Deming, NM gun shop, made the bid for release earlier this month. Per Knox:

Still Awaiting details, but the judge granted bail last night and family members were on their way to pick her up this morning. Bail was expected to be $2 million with a bond of $200,000. Those numbers would mean that family and friends would be stretched to the limit to secure the bond, and this reduces the possibility of finding the money necessary if any of the other Reeses are ever granted bail, but for now the good news is that Terri is out of jail for the first time in almost 6 months.

Knox was the first national gun rights correspondent to notice the Reese situation back in December, when he reported “US Attorney Ken Gonzales indicated that he is going to seek asset forfeiture of the Reese’s home and 25 acre property (including the shooting range on the property which he leased to various law enforcement agencies), all of the cash and valuables seized, their vehicles, and a monetary judgment of at least $36,000 from whatever assets might be left.”

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About David Codrea:
David Codrea is a long-time gun rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He is a field editor for GUNS Magazine, and a blogger at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance. Read more at www.DavidCodrea.com.

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