FBI Arrest of Florida Man for Short-Barreled Rifle Showcases Absurdity of NFA

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U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- By all accounts, Yunis Isaac Mejia was a good guy – certainly not the type who should be spending his next two birthdays behind bars in a federal prison.

Mejia, a former police dispatcher, had never been arrested in his life, until he unknowingly invited an FBI informant to shoot steel plates on his five-acre property near St. Cloud, Florida.

Several years before his arrest, Mejia, 28, worked as a 911 dispatcher for the Bonham, Texas Police Department.

“He always showed up on time, had a good personality and always got along well with others,” Bonham Chief of Police Mike Bankston said Tuesday.

Chief Bankston said Mejia and two coworkers were officially commended for their work during a 911 outage.

“He and two other dispatchers went the extra mile for an attaboy,” Chief Bankston said. “When 911 went down, one even went to the Sheriff’s Office and helped them. Yunis (Mejia) was a good guy with a good personality. He got along well with others and never had any complaints.”

Mejia was also a licensed pilot. He dreamt of someday flying for a commercial airline. But that dream ended when an informant, whom the FBI calls a “Confidential Human Source” or CHS, came over to his home.

Terrorism Task Force

Erika D. Shaw is a Special Agent for the FBI. She is responsible for Mejia’s case, his arrest, and, ultimately, for his time behind bars.

“I am currently assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force (the “JTTF”) of FBI’s Tampa Division, Orlando Resident Agency,” Shaw wrote in Mejia’s complaint. “In this capacity I investigate, among other things, criminal cases relating to international and domestic terrorism.”

In her complaint, Shaw never says why she targeted Mejia, or why the informant ended up at his home.

The informant, or CHS, wasn’t paid for setting up Mejia. Instead, they were cooperating with the FBI to avoid criminal prosecution by ICE.

“The CHS is a reliable source who has, for less than one year, provided accurate and reliable information that has been corroborated by the FBI,” Shaw wrote in the complaint. “Prior to becoming a CHS, the CHS was arrested in or about June 2020 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for a charge of Nonimmigrant Student Out of Status: Failure to Attend, and was briefly detained.”

The Sting

According to the complaint, on Oct. 29, 2020, the informant first went to Mejia’s home, which Shaw described as a 4.91-acre property with outbuildings including a large metal garage and two pole buildings.

Mejia invited the informant via a text message. The two had been texting for three months.

“The meeting was recorded by a concealed audio device provided to the CHS by law enforcement prior to the scheduled meeting,” Shaw’s complaint states.

Mejia showed the informant three guns including a CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S1, which had a suppressor and shoulder stock attached. The informant “surreptitiously” took photos of the Scorpion with a cell phone provided by the FBI.

The two-shot the Scorpion at metal plates on Mejia’s wood and earthen berm.

The informant tried to take a video of Mejia shooting the weapon, but Mejia stopped him.

“It’s not exactly, uh, something that you want to take a video of,” Mejia told him, according to court records.

Mejia invited the informant to shoot with him a second time on Nov. 13, 2020.

The informant took video of Mejia shooting the Scorpion by using a concealed video recording device the FBI had given him.

The pair next met for lunch on Jan. 19, 2021.

According to the complaint, “the CHS stated that the CHS wanted to purchase a firearm like the Scorpion, and Mejia explained to the CHS that the CHS would not be able to purchase a Scorpion with a stock, because the stock made it a short-barreled rifle.”

“As the conversation between Mejia and the CHS continued, Mejia explained to the CHS that there was a government regulation that one is supposed to comply with to have a short-barreled rifle, and Mejia suggested that he did not wish to comply with that regulation.”

Probable Cause

In January 2021, FBI Special Agent Shaw met with ATF agents and was told that the ATF classifies the Scorpion as a pistol, and under federal law attaching a stock to the pistol makes it a short-barreled rifle, which requires registration and a tax stamp.

ATF traced the serial number of Mejia’s Scorpion and confirmed it was sold to him as a pistol, without the stock.

ATF also confirmed that Mejia had two silencers, which were both lawfully registered in accordance with the National Firearms Act: a 9mm registered in July 2019 and a .45 registered in January 2020. Mejia, ATF confirmed, had no other NFA weapons.

“Therefore, based on the aforementioned, I submit that probable cause exists to believe that Mejia has committed a violation of 26 U.S.C. § 5861(d), possession of an unregistered firearm,” Shaw wrote in the complaint.

Mejia was arrested on March 23, 2021 and released on pretrial supervision three months later.

Guilty plea

After his arrest, Mejia called his former employer, Chief Bankston, for help.

“He told me he had made a bad error in judgement. I sent him a letter of support,” Chief Bankston said. “He called me back and told me he was going to own up to what he did, take his licks and go on with his life.”

“I wish Yunis (Mejia) well,” the police chief said.

Mejia pleaded guilty to one count of Possession of Unregistered Firearm in violation of 26 U.S.C. §5861(d), 26 U.S.C. §5841 and 26 U.S.C. §5871.

According to the sentencing memorandum, Mejia obtained a commercial drivers license while on pretrial release and was working as a truck driver.

His sentencing hearing was held on July 5, 2022.

“Mr. Mejia is 28 with no prior arrests or charges of any kind. He was in possession of a firearm without registering it, but there is no indication he is involved in any other criminal activity or wrongdoing. He is now labeled a felon because of his plea in this case and will have to live with that forever. We do not believe prison will help society or deter others from committing this sort of crime in the future. This entire experience has been a major wake up call for Mr. Mejia and how strictly enforced this law is. He will never be able to possess firearms again because of this conviction. He has been out on release for over a year following all the conditions placed upon him. We do not believe sending him to prison is going to benefit anyone in a case like this and therefore, are asking the Court to sentence Mr. Mejia to a period of Probation,” his attorney argued.

The court disagreed.

United States District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza sentenced Mejia to 21 months in a federal prison.

“According to evidence admitted during the sentencing hearing, Mejia illegally modified a CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S1 pistol, with a barrel less than 16 inches long, with an aftermarket shoulder stock. With this modification, Mejia illegally converted the pistol into a short-barreled rifle. Under the federal National Firearms Act, short-barreled rifles are required to be registered,” according to a DOJ press release. “Mejia then offered to sell his illegally modified firearm to a confidential source working at the direction of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Mejia also provided direction and instruction to the confidential source on how the confidential source could purchase the same model of pistol and modify it himself.”

The press release, which was issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tampa, points out that Mejia’s case was “prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.”

Project Safe Neighborhoods, the press release states, identifies “the most pressing violent crime problems in the community,” and “focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders.”

No accountability

The FBI was not willing to talk about Mejia’s case. Tampa FBI spokeswoman Andrea Aprea did not return calls or emails seeking comment for this story.

The ATF was not willing to talk about Mejia’s case, either. Tampa ATF spokeswoman Mary Salter initially called because she could not find Mejia in the ATF computer system – her secretary had misspelled Mejia’s name. However, after finding the case, Salter declined to comment.

Assistant United States Attorney Shawn P. Napier, who prosecuted Mejia, declined to comment.

William Daniels, the spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tampa, requested questions in writing, but only answered a few.

Asked if there were violent crimes in the Orlando area involving Short-Barreled Rifles, Daniels replied, “The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting does not track whether the weapon used in a violent crime was modified. For additional crime statistics, you may need to contact the local law enforcement agencies for that jurisdiction.”

Asked if the modification Mejia made to the weapon made it more dangerous, Daniels said, “We do not wish to comment.”

Asked if Mejia profited in any way from his crime, Daniels said, “We do not wish to comment.”

Asked if the 21-month sentence was appropriate for the crime, Daniels provided a copy of the sentencing memorandum, which showed Mejia faced a sentencing range of 21-27 months.

Daniels did not respond when asked why the Joint Terrorism Task Force was involved in the case, or whether Mejia had terrorist ties or suspected terrorist ties (He did not).

Daniels did not respond when asked who was the actual victim of Mejia’s crime, or whether Mejia’s short-barreled rifle was one of the “most pressing violent crime problems in the community,” as specified by Project Safe Neighborhoods.

Neither did Daniels respond when asked if at the end or the day, he believed that justice was served in this case.

Takeaways

It is abundantly clear why no one with a federal badge in their billfold wants to talk about this case. It is a joke – a gross overreach – a sham.

It’s clear Special Agent Shaw and her bosses saw Mejia solely as a quick stat – an easy arrest to pump up their Project Safe Neighborhood numbers, and a way to let their superiors in Washington D.C. know Orlando FBI is hard at work keeping the neighborhoods safe.

Did Mejia break the law? Of course, he did.

Does he deserve to spend nearly two years behind bars for it? Of course, he doesn’t.

Picture Mejia sitting at his kitchen table with his Scorpion in one hand and the after-market stock in the other. When they’re attached, he’s committing a felony. When he takes them apart, he’s abiding by the law. Together – felony. Apart – no crime. That is the absolute lunacy of the National Firearms Act.

This is a victimless crime, after all. Who was harmed?

This case certainly doesn’t merit secret informants, covert video and audio recorders, agents from both the FBI and the ATF, search warrants for his property, seizures of his firearms and computers, and a lifelong felony record for a good kid who just likes to shoot plates safely on his own private range.

To be clear, Mejia was not a prohibited person – although he is now. He had a valid Florida Concealed Weapon and Firearm License, and he’s been through the NFA process twice when he successfully registered his 9mm and .45 suppressors.

This case highlights the vast difference between federal and local law enforcement. A police officer or sheriff’s deputy would have likely warned Mejia not to attach the stock, instead of treating him like St. Cloud, Florida’s newest Al Qaeda sleeper cell.

The bottom line is this, if Mejia’s case is typical of the type of cases the FBI is generating, they clearly need more to do.

Perhaps they could use their time better by following up on the tips that they apparently receive quite often, about suspicious people who threaten to commit violent acts in our nation’s schools.

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About Lee Williams

Lee Williams, who is also known as “The Gun Writer,” is the chief editor of the Second Amendment Foundation’s Investigative Journalism Project. Until recently, he was also an editor for a daily newspaper in Florida. Before becoming an editor, Lee was an investigative reporter at newspapers in three states and a U.S. Territory. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a police officer. Before becoming a cop, Lee served in the Army. He’s earned more than a dozen national journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. Lee is an avid tactical shooter.

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MikeRoss

That FBI agent, prosecutor, and judge are the worst kind of government employees. They aren’t morally fit to have any power over their fellow citizens.

Laddyboy

These “people” are enforcing a NON-law which BUREAUCRATS created out of THIN AIR! The ILLEGALLY INSTITUTED BUREAUCRACY of the “ATF/BATF/BATFE and various offices” MUST be ELIMINATED from OUR Government! ALL of their “rules and regulations” ARE INFRINGEMENTS upon Citizens of America!

Knute Knute

These NON-laws are known as “statutes”. I recomend that everybody look up “Statute” in Black’s Law and see if you can figure out the definition. Black’s Law dictionary only tells one what statutes are NOT, not what they are. That’s the IN CODE part of the “Codes Annotated”.
You all know what codes are. They’re words designed NOT to be understood!

Wild Bill

Statute, n. An act of the legislature declaring, commanding, or prohibiting something. Please see Blacks Law Dictionary, Fifth Ed. pp. 1264-66.

Black’s also calls a statute “law”. But in America we all know that an act of a legislature can be declared unconstitutional. Many cases follow up by telling us that any statute declared unconstitutional is not “law” and never was “law”.

So for American purposes a statute, that is an act of a legislature is controlling until declared unconstitutional.

I hope that helps.

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ShooterOne

Just a typical governmental action. What a bunch of idiots

Wild Bill

And waste of federal funds investigating, prosecuting, and incarcerating.

Bill

The FBI. Now protecting America from truth, justice, and the American Way.

Russn8r

Check this out:
https://vault.fbi.gov/adolf-hitler/adolf-hitler-part-01-of-04/view

In 1945, FBI had reports of Hitler hiding out in Argentina. What did they do about it? Nothing? No serious follow-up? Used it for their own purposes?

Russn8r

Crybaby ex-cop Ope and his sock pups are lurking as always.

Russn8r

So Ray Epps’ grandfather meets Hitler in a bar in Argentina…

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Laddyboy

YEP!

Rock

The pot calling the kettle black… FBI throwing stones in their glass house, THEY seem to have MANY law infractions without arrest. Yet the revolving door criminals are left alone and returned to the street in hours to repeat again and again…. THOSE are the ones that need MAJOR sting operations and jailed. Insert your under cover agents into the street thug gangs or border jumping gangs. Actually do something this nation NEEDS BADLY !!!!

Wild Bill

The Fat Boy Institute is well known for lying and stealing credit for the work of others; making Hoover and his boyfriend wealthy by extorting politicians; and most recently, impacting our political process.
Restore the Republic decommission the FBI.

swmft

with all the criminal things fbi and atf have done lately , they attack people for things that fit under miller ruling as weapons that would be suitable for military, short barreled shotguns and rifles were trench guns street sweeper is the same , way past time to start trying fbi and atf agents under title 18 and fill up the jail at Guantanamo with criminals

Stag

These government thugs, prosecutors, judges, and snitches are absolute scum.

3manfan

He violated the Statue. Knowingly. He’s got no one to blame but himself. He paid his $200 for the Stamp for a can, but was too cheap to spend another $200 to be legit on his Scorpion. That’s plain stupid. I don’t like the NFA laws along with everyone else but they are what they are & as long as they are on the books, just follow them so you don’t wind up in jail with all of your weapons seized that you’ll almost certainly never get back. We all suffer through things in life that we don’t like all… Read more »

JSNMGC

“He violated the Statue. Knowingly. He’s got no one to blame but himself. I don’t like the NFA laws along with everyone else but they are what they are & as long as they are on the books, just follow them . . .”   “He violated the Statue. Knowingly. He’s got no one to blame but himself. I don’t like the laws requiring semiautomatic rifles be registered along with everyone else but they are what they are & as long as they are on the books, just follow them . . .”   “He violated the Statue. Knowingly. He’s… Read more »

Arizona

Why the hell is this downvoted?

It accurately depicts the problem of fudds adopting and accepting BS unconstitutional infringements simply because BATFE or congress say something is verboten… despite the fact NEITHER HAVE THE POWER TO DO SO.

JSNMGC

Vindictive enforcer who holds a grudge (and votes from three accounts). Just a guess, but it is funny.

Russn8r

Definitely. OPE/TEX et ilk.

JSNMGC

He’s on here 18 hours a day every day.

I just got back from a three day pack trip – brookies on a zero weight rod. Lots of fun.

Wild Bill

How would one know who is or who isn’t on here eighteen hours a day, every day if one had just got back from a three day pack trip?

Ope

Bill,just consider the source with this person. He and his nonsense don’t even deserve any kind of a response. This person just like the “other one” are just a waste of time.

Russn8r

TEX & its downvote ex-cop Abbott-shill sock posse are clearly here at least 18/day. Doesn’t matter when I drop by, it’s here to DV.

JSNMGC

Yes, Ope used to arrest people who didn’t respect his authority. Now he downvotes (from multiple accounts).

Russn8r

Sad. TEX tries to hide by cutting back the thuggery but it’s still obvious. e.g. “ABOLISH ATF!!!” then upvotes himself

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JSNMGC

It’s funny. Just a coincidence that he happened to be here when we posted. “One” can only guess that Will/TEX/.308Snipings/Ope is here 18 hours a day, almost every day.

JSNMGC

“Bill,just consider the source with this person. He and his nonsense don’t even deserve any kind of a response. This person just like the “other one” are just a waste of time. – Will/TEX/.308Snipings/Ope/et al.

Will, no matter how many of your accounts are discovered, you can’t stay away. You just make up a new account. Never change, you are one of the best sources of entertainment on this site.

JSNMGC

Well, Wild Bill, “one” wouldn’t know (about that specific time period), but I suspect even you understood my point which is based on many data points over more than a year. 

Whenever I visit the site and post, he’s on it. You’re still doing pro-bono work for the frustrated ex-enforcer, Will/TEX/.308Snipings/Ope/et al. – your argument is worth the same as your fee.

Wild Bill

Even I must consider the source of the statement before I assess the logic.

Stag

This is the kind of person who turned their neighbors in to the brown shirts because iT’s ThE LaW!

Wild Bill

Yes, and there are many more like him out there that remain covert by keeping their mouth shut, ever ready to become a paid informant.

Russn8r

“He violated the Statue.” Wow, that sounds desperate & painful, genius.

JLS

Sounds like the perfect case to get before the current Supreme Court to overturn the NFA.

Tim

The rocks should be reserved for the Feebs. What may have been a trustworthy institution is no longer.
Remember: Always get your rocks off in unison.

MP71

Right now there is a challenge to the NFA being put forth. Matt Hoover, who runs a You Tube channel called CRS firearms, was arrested and charged with conspiracy to distribute “machine guns “ because he accepted sponsorship from Auto Key Card and gave their products away to some of his viewers. For those who don’t know, the Auto Key Card is credit card size piece of metal lightly engraved with an image of a “lightning link” full auto conversion device. Mr. Hoover and the maker of the AKC were busted for making and distributing pictures of a “machine gun”. … Read more »

Wild Bill

I could not find Matt Hoover, after 45 pages. Is there another way to donate?

MP71

For some reason you won’t find it by searching from GSG homepage, but it is linked in description section of his YT videos.

https://www.givesendgo.com/crs

https://www.paypal.com/donate/?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=4VKLBFHYNHL2Q

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Ope

Wouldn’t this non-crime and sham arrest be legally defined as entrapment ? I sure hope he has good lawyers that really know about the federal appellate process.

3manfan

Nope. He did the mod before this joker came over. It’s his own fault. All over $200. Pretty dumb.

JSNMGC

May your chains set lightly upon you.

Ope

I just wonder how many firearm related murders were committed by SBR’s in the last ten years ?…with or without suppressors. Do you actually believe the FBI/ATF think they have made the country safer by this miscarriage of justice ? Can we all rest easier knowing this “victim” will spend the next two years locked up ? Many people think that unconstitutional arbitrary laws aren’t “legally” enforceable and refuse to recognize the perceived authority of the tyrants who do enforce them.

Stag

Your appeasement of government thugs enforcing unconstitutional laws is pretty dumb.

Skeeter

He was a great guy, but knowingly broke federal laws by building an SBR, without the required $200 tax stamp. The moral to this story: If you break the law, you go to jail, if you follow the law, you don’t.

TXMike

Sorry, but “If you break the law, you go to jail” is a little naive. There’s tons of instances of career felons cutting plea deals and getting less jail time than Mr. Mejia. The ATF and other government agencies frequently use selective prosecutions when they want to send a message. That’s why we have Congress clutching its collective pearls over “Jan 6th” while ignoring American cities on fire in 2020.

Bill

It’s a B.S. law disguised as a tax. Look up the proceedings of the 1934 case, sir!

nod

There is no reason for needing a stamp for a SBR. It is a total unnecessary tax. Same thing with the SBS. Shouldn’t even be on the NFA list.

Grigori

Stupid law, totally devoid of purpose.

Skeeter

Idiots that break gun laws make it tougher on people that obey the gun laws and do things correctly. If you want an SBR, pay the tax, and buy one, if you want a suppressor, pay the tax and buy one, if you want full auto, pay the tax and buy one. Follow the laws and you won’t end up in prison., if you don’t follow the law, you get what you deserve.

Wild Bill

I want my Rights as listed in the Bill of Rights, and the government to obey the Constitution. What is the tax on that?

Russn8r

Nope, he got what YOU deserve, Comrade.

CourageousLion

Says a boot licking slave.

jMcNair

Wish that we’re true. I’ve been arrested and spent 72 hours for following the law. I made a joke that someone didn’t like apparently. While leaving they came at me with a bat. I happened to be carrying at the time. I opened my coat and said it wasn’t a good time to try and attack me with a bat. They proceeded to call the cops. About 20 of them showed up. I received word that they were looking for me. I contacted them and they proceeded to throw me on the ground and treat me like I had just… Read more »

Boom

“Just because something’s a law, doesn’t make it legal.”

CourageousLion

21 months for what he did isn’t a violation of the 8th amendment is it? CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT? And how about the fact that he was charged with a “crime” that has NO VICTIM involved as well as being in DIRECT VIOLATION OF SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED! People…when are we going to start realizing that these “law enforcement” animals are no better than the red coats that came to take the weapons away from the colonists and start treating them as such? IS life so sweet and PEACE so dear to be purchased at the price of chains and… Read more »

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Ope

ABOLISH ATF,RESCIND NFA !

Agostino

The NFA should be repealed.

Arny

May karma be on his side. Poor guy.

Tionico

and on the side of the promotion.chasing ho who entrapped and busted him. SHE needs to see a large dose of justice, too.

CourageousLion

Maybe she won’t see it coming.

Bill

Read Unintended Consequences by John Ross!

CourageousLion

Hmmmm…where is Henry? I actually have that as a PDF if anyone would like a copy.

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Ope

I hope he has a couple really good lawyers on his side to go along with that karma.

james

Lesson #1, don’t bring anyone to your place to shoot your stuff if they are not 100% NFA legit.

CourageousLion

That’s a good point. One problem now days though is how do we REALLY “know” what “they” consider “legit” or not. I mean how about Moore being charged with having possession of a MACHINE gun when it was a piece of metal with an etching on it? They change their “rules” like I change my underwear.

nrringlee

OK, folks, and especially all of you fellow libertarian insurgents out there, here is the fix. Jury Nullification. Law school graduates heads explode. Now lets press on to some REAL Constitutional law. I first reference the most recent case of note concerning this concept of jury nullification: US v. Sussmann. In that case the prosecution did in fact prove Sussmann lied to a federal law enforcement agent in the Russian Collusion Hoax inspired and directed by Hillary Clinton. The jury heard the overwhelming evidence and returned a “Not Guilty” verdict because they simply did not like the federal law. Those… Read more »

TexDad

I have to agree. My conscience could not permit me to call this unfortunate man, who has harmed no one, guilty.

Wild Bill

Bravo! I could not agree more! Stated with perfection… well … except that dig about the law school grads. But still ninety-nine percent!

Tionico

that lw school dig is solidly founded. I know a young gal, since she was about ten, sweet, helpful, tenderhearted, etc. For some reason she decided to go into law. (she is also VERY intelligent). I saw her for the first time in some years recently. SHe is now hard, calculating, cold, vindictive, always right (with her new woke nonsense), I could not believe it was the same girl. Georgetown Law School has pumped this effluent into her formerly tender heart. She is now the type that would gleefully prosecure a poor sap like this. And to think I helped… Read more »

Wild Bill

That’s one. You shouldn’t base an opinion on just one.

CourageousLion

You are ABSOLUTELY CORRECT! Two things…first any judge who tells you that in a criminal case you cannot judge the law is a bold faced lying piece of crap. Here is what was understood about a jury at least up to 1828. After that they started changing the meaning. Do you think the Founding Fathers knew what the jury had the right to do? OF COURSE THEY DID! Webster 1828: JU’RY, noun [Latin juro, to swear.] A number of freeholders, selected in the manner prescribed by law, empaneled and sworn to inquire into and try any matter of fact, and… Read more »

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Russn8r

Fair Trial by Jury, Jury Power, Jury Nullification: excerpts from key docs, framers, sources. “Juries are an institution best calculated for the preservation of liberty & justice that ever was devised by the wit of man.” ~Hume “If it is not law, it is better than law, it ought to be law, and will always be law wherever justice prevails.” -Letter to Franklin’s PA Gazette lauding Andrew Hamilton’s argument in the 1735 trial of Peter Zenger, that led a jury to defy the judge & rule on law. Gouverneur Morris called it “the morning star of Liberty which revolutionized America.”… Read more »

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CourageousLion

For some reason that I can’t figure out this was not allowed to be posted? WHY? Two things…first any judge who tells you that in a criminal case you cannot judge the law is a bold faced lying piece of crap. Here is what was understood about a jury at least up to 1828. After that they started changing the meaning. Do you think the Founding Fathers knew what the jury had the right to do? OF COURSE THEY DID! Webster 1828: JU’RY, noun [Latin juro, to swear.] A number of freeholders, selected in the manner prescribed by law, empaneled… Read more »

JSNMGC

“a patriot, a public servant”

The guy is a low-level government employee. For a libertarian, you sure revere government employees.

Russn8r

The right & power of juries to judge & nullify law is indispensable to the right to Fair Trial.

Another thing even “conservative” legal priests mindlessly accept: “Due Process” without speedy recourse to Fair Trial by Jury.

Hence de facto criminal sentences imposed in circumvention of fair trial:

Red Flag, DVROs, loss of rights not part of a sentence, asset forfeiture.

See former NRA director Wayne Stump’s excellent 2003 article on Jury Power
https://www.gunowners.org/op0003/

Bigfootbob

I know I sound like a stuck record, but the truth is the truth. Never, ever vote for a dimocRAT, EVER FOR ANYTHING.

I also know the R’s are the not the only answer, there’s some deadweight there too, but the entirety of the problems we face are caused by the dims, and that my friends is an undeniable truth of life.

StreetSweeper

A stock adds stability which translates to greater accuracy. So, in effect, the law is requiring you to shoot less accurately than you could. We live in Clown World.

musicman44mag

They do it, “for the children”.

Tionico

yeah, the “cute children” who have FBI badges in their pockets and go about looking for likley victims like this poor sap, so they can run up their “points” toward promotion. SHE is the criminal in this case.

CourageousLion

If I’ve posted this once…I’ve posted it 100 times. No “law” should exist for a crime unless there is a victim involved. If you are willing to cage or kill me for keeping the fruits of my labor, YOU are the criminal, not me. If you are willing to cage or kill me enforcing a law telling me that I cannot smoke, eat or drink what I want, YOU are the criminal not me. If you are willing to cage me or kill me while enforcing a law that says that I can’t own a certain type of gun or because… Read more »

Hazcat

United States District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza: An Obama appointee.

CourageousLion

A piece of human excrement that deserves a lot more than what he gave to that poor guy.

gregs

so, the fbi blackmails people who should be charged with a crime into informing on others to get them charged with a crime so they can get out of being charged with their crime. this snitch is not the kind of person i want to become an American citizen. smells of stasi or kgb. if they were competent leo’s they should not need informants, especially for subjective crimes such as this. the “no accountability” section shows that the government is not being forthcoming and transparent in their pursuit of justice. does anyone remember the hunter biden saga and the number… Read more »

Rob J

Confidential informants happen all the time. Usually they are arrested for a crime and are given the option to have charges dropped in lieu of (or timed served as) turning informant.

J Gibbons

Of course it does. This is why we all “know” these are the most (cough, cough) reliable witnesses.

Wild Bill

Yes, you must always consider the source and that source’s motives. The source in this case could have talked the defendant into the whole thing, but those conversations were not recorded. Just saying.

CourageousLion

That is what they wanted to do with Randy Weaver and he told them to ef off. And in their revenge for him not kissing their ass his 14 year old son and his wife was MURDERED.

JH1961

Remember Ruby Ridge?

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Ope

I know Ron Horiuchi murdered Vicky Weaver in cold blooded murder. That SOB is living in Hawaii just as free as a bird. Yeah I remember RR.

musicman44mag

exactly what I was thinking while reading the comments prior to yours.

Tionico

I was thinking more along the lines of a similar case, a prelude to the Weaver travesty which involved a number of the same corrupt criminals: Waco.

Terry

Ruby Ridge was ’92. Waco was ’93.

USMC0351Grunt

If you notice in the story the statement is made that what hung Meijer is his plea of guilty. Had he kept his mouth shut, NOT waved any of his rights and had proper legal counsel as well as demanded a jury trial in this matter and let the 12 jurors decide his fate, he might have been okay. You look at over 90% of the criminal cases you will see statements to the effect “By your own admission of guilt.” or the most ignorant of statements to the effect, “I am guilty but have an excuse.” So suffice it… Read more »

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Bigfootbob

Ditto, sir!

CarlosDanger

You aren’t wrong, but that is much easier said than done when you know they have the evidence that they need to convict you, in which case you could be nailed with a $100k fine (plus court costs and attorney’s fees) and ten years in prison rather than the 1-2 that they dangle in front of you as a reward for cooperating.

A large majority of criminal cases never make it in front of a jury, and this is why. The feds simply make it too risky and expensive to exercise your rights.

Bigfootbob

You are right, but when there’s a principal involved, the cost benefit analysis is something a lot of folks don’t do when thinking about going to jail, but especially in Brandon’s World, the CBA should be a consideration.

This poor guy sealed his fate by making an admission, it’s nearly impossible to walk that back. Never admit to anything. It takes all your wiggle room away.

Tionico

Yup. Loose lips sink ships…. make them prove every nanogramme of “evidence”.
did she actuall take out a tape measure and quantify the actual lengh of THATparticular barrel? Did she get that on here “approved” cell phone video?

Wild Bill

Yeah, his attorney should have put the Fat Boy Institute on trial.

Tionico

I’d take my chances anyway. Seems in this case the max was 24 months, e got 21. Not a signficant cifference considering the big picture. I’d demand the jury trial just to cost them more money.

I’d have also demanded the court address the clear unprovoked entrapment performed admirably well by the government hoor of an operative. SHE had motive to bust him, and clearly planned from the beginning to do so. Bringing her vid to their first meeting at his place? Classic honey pot sting. Even if they never did end up in the sack together.

Trussman

Perfect statement.
Everyone that is reading this, should go to Youtube and search “Don’t talk to the police”. There are 2 videos that should come to the top of the list. they are about 10 yrs old and worthy of watching more than once, in their entirety. The second one has a police detective that is going to law school, explaining what police do to trip you up. Mr. Meija would have more than likely benefitted from the advice.

Ope

I agree fully with your comment. Most people should already know that you never give a voluntary statement to the police (only after mirandized). Always consult with a attorney first and have one by your side if he agrees to any police interrogation.(99% of layers will say hell no) Also, never ever agree to a polygraph test. Although they aren’t admissible in court they can only hurt you and never help. Police interrogators have all kinds of slimy ways they intimidate and extract false confessions and statements. In most jurisdictions they can legally and blatantly lie to the accused after… Read more »

Arizona

absolute bs… nfa and GCA are unconstitutional, and they rewarded an illegal alien rather than deport him, a real crime committed by feds, when by law he must be deported. So much for “the most pressing violent crime problems in the community,” and “focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders.” All possession laws are bs. FJB and FBATFE.

Cam

Government agencies shouldn’t be allowed to “we don’t want to comment”!

USMC0351Grunt

If I’m not mistaken, We The People are guaranteed checks and balances of all powers which means, yes, they, I love must answer and be out 100% accountable to, We, The People. When WE fail to demand these checks and balances as well as accountability through the legal avenues available to us, then we fail and get exactly what we put into our country which is absolutely nothing. It is the responsibility and duty of We The People to demand through our Representatives whether it be City county state or federal to investigate and indict us necessary and all perpetrators… Read more »

Bigfootbob

Time is now! Stand for Freedom. I’m the Paul Revere in my ⭕️ of influence. Come Election Day you will find me checking my list insuring my homies are voting, taking the procrastinators to vote and when 8:00pm rolls around I’ll be in my county elections office watching. My county elections chief is an honest Republican but…It is my duty to insure they count the ballots properly.

MICHAEL J

The real criminals are the one’s you least expect.

Boom

I wonder if Mejia knew the rat was an illegal alien?

Jaque

The difference between freedom and rotting in a communist federal prison is .0625 inch or less.

swmft

another atf and fbi need to go

uncle dudley

What a country….an illegal alien rats out a citizen of good standing.
The citizen goes to prison while the illegal gets off.
This stinks.

john

The old saying rings true never show or tell anyone what you own. In life if you have one true friend your a rich man. Even then loose lips sink ships.

What did the informant get for being a “RAT” to the FBI and ATF ?

Grigori

They probably got their arrest erased and are on an undeserved path to US citizenship for helping string up a good and productive natural-born citizen.

Boom

Maybe once he gets his citizenship, something similar will happen to him.

Grigori

That would be fitting!

Bigfootbob

If and when that ever happens, he’ll not need to invest in old age insurance coverage, mark my words. People like this don’t have a long shelf life.

Bigfootbob

You can also bet, it will not be the last time the snitch does something illegal and his handlers come to the rescue.