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RRangel
02-27-2006, 7:58 PM
Let this be a lesson for those that think they're going to pick on the law abiding.

http://www.anjrpc.org/fopalawsuit.htm

ANJRPC SUES NY/NJ PORT AUTHORITY FOR JAILING HONEST GUN OWNER
February 27, 2006 - The Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs, Inc. (ANJRPC) announced that it has commenced a lawsuit against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and one of its police officers for wrongfully arresting and imprisoning for nearly five days a 57-year old Utah man delayed at Newark Airport by a baggage error while traveling from Utah to Pennsylvania.
The lawsuit seeks more than $3 million in damages for civil rights violations and a permanent injunction forcing the Port Authority to follow Federal law on interstate transport of locked, unloaded firearms that have been secured in luggage and declared by law-abiding citizens.
The Utah man, Gregg Revell, a real estate broker and family man with no criminal record and a Utah firearms permit, was flying alone from Salt Lake City, UT to Allentown, PA to retrieve a car he bought and drive it home. He was travelling with a firearm for personal protection. As required by Federal law, the firearm was unloaded, cased, locked and inside his luggage when he declared it at check-in in Salt Lake City on March 31, 2005.
Due to an airline-caused baggage error, Mr. Revell missed his connection from Newark to Allentown and had to stay overnight in New Jersey. When he checked in at Newark Airport the next morning to complete his travels, he again declared his firearm, as required by FAA regulations. He was then arrested for possession of a firearm without a New Jersey state license, and imprisoned in Essex County jail for five days until his family arranged bail, which had been initially set unusually high at $15,000 cash (no bond).
But Mr. Revell’s travels were protected by the Firearms Owner Protection Act, a Federal law passed in 1986 to protect law-abiding citizens who travel with firearms. (See 18 U.S.C. § 926A.) That law trumps state and local gun laws and protects interstate travel with firearms under certain circumstances, all of which were present in Mr. Revell’s case. Several months after the arrest, all charges were withdrawn and the prosecutor’s case administratively dismissed.
"The Port Authority blatantly violated Federal law when it arrested Gregg Revell," said Scott Bach, President of the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs and a member of the NRA Board of Directors. "Those charged with enforcing the law have a special responsibility to follow it themselves," Bach continued. "Mr. Revell’s arrest is part of a pattern of similar misconduct by the Port Authority throughout the New York-New Jersey metropolitan areas."
"This lawsuit is intended to send a signal not only to the Port Authority but to every agency and officer responsible for policing our airports and highways: if you violate the rights of law-abiding gun owners, you will be held fully accountable." The lawsuit also names the arresting Port Authority police officer, Scott Erickson, as a defendant.
Once inside Essex County prison, Mr. Revell was subjected to numerous atrocities. He was thrown into a holding cell with 28 inmates, many of whom were admitted murderers and rapists. He endured a repulsive vomit-covered bed and toilet, was denied his blood pressure and migraine medication, innoculated against his will, given inedible food, strip-searched, and left only with his wits to survive.
"I did nothing wrong yet was arrested and subjected to the worst treatment imaginable for almost a week," said Mr. Revell, who has 8 children, 8 grandchildren and has been married for 36 years. "I brought this lawsuit together with the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs because I want to stop this kind of abuse from ever happening again," said Revell. "No one should ever have to experience what I experienced," he said. "I paid the price, but I’m committed to making sure no one else does."

Gnote
02-27-2006, 8:08 PM
I hope he gets every penny. Personally I think it is a little much but considering that how gun owners are treated as second class citizens for doing NOTHING wrong, this would help put those in power in check.

Builder
02-27-2006, 8:14 PM
I wonder where the ACLU was....
Oh, that's right, the 2nd Ammendment is a duty, not a right.
So much for certain civil liberties,
Builder

jtyoshi
02-27-2006, 8:16 PM
The man deserves every cent that he can get from this.
It's a wonder why guns are such taboo's to society... To much hollywood I suppose.

ACLU
They were to busy wasting our tax dollars on removing "One nation, Under god"
Because thats sooooooo important to society...

ligamentum flavum
02-27-2006, 8:39 PM
+1 I'd like to say that the ACLU is a joke, but nobody is laughing this time.

I also hope Mr. Revell gets every penny and more. Hopefully this lesson will stick with the port authority and hopefully reverberate throughout this country.

RRangel
02-27-2006, 11:10 PM
I hope cities that want to ban guns are paying attention to this.

;)

wilit
02-27-2006, 11:24 PM
IMO, $3 million is not enough. A good swift kick to the sack for Officer Erickson is definately in order.

rodgster
02-27-2006, 11:45 PM
IMO, $3 million is not enough. A good swift kick to the sack for Officer Erickson is definately in order.

I'd say he should be punished in a manner equitable to that which Mr. Revell was forced to endure. Followed by his ouster from LE.

If those entrusted to enforce the laws cannot perform their duties due to the convoluted nightmare of statues then how can “us poor stoopid citizens” be expected to.

The DA should also be oustered too. If anyone, he should know the law.

It is unfortunate the citizens will have to foot the bill once again for the conduct of police and prosecutors.

vrylak
02-28-2006, 12:31 AM
I'd say given the things he had to endure, that 3 mil is not enough, that's a joke. Just getting singe by coffee at mikeedees gets more than that. He should hit them where it hurts the most their bank account, that should teach these commies socialists a lesson I hope they don't forget.

Charliegone
02-28-2006, 12:59 AM
It is unfortunate the citizens will have to foot the bill once again for the conduct of police and prosecutors.

I'd say let the people who voted for those morons pay for it and spare the rest of the sane population.:mad:

xenophobe
02-28-2006, 1:06 AM
It's not a sad thing, because it's going to take angering all the taxpaying populace of that area to see how their government is wasting their money. Without that, they might not even care.

Renron
02-28-2006, 6:53 AM
How much do you want to bet that the "Press", radio and newspaper "Media" never carry this story and its swept under the rug? After all, we gun owners are criminals and gangsters and deserve to be treated as such, (according to the gun-snatchers). I hope he gets every penny and more.
The article states he was innoculated against his will also, I'm no lawyer but his personal rights were violated here as well. That alone should be worth the 3 Million+.
Ron

6172crew
02-28-2006, 8:36 AM
What was the mouth breathing flat foot on the beat thinking?:confused:

Paladin
02-28-2006, 11:31 AM
Re. the amount being too much: that's only if you are thinking of compensating him for what he unjustly suffered. The focus of punitive damages is to make the wrongdoer, in this case the port authority, suffer for its illegal behavior. Having them just pay him a few tens of thousands of dollars will not do that enough to teach them a lesson and to keep them from doing it again. The bigger the wrongdoer, the harder the hit required to make them feel pain. Some lower and middle management people might get handed their heads (i.e., fired), but the main thing is to make the port authority learn a lesson and OBEY FEDERAL LAW! ! !

Admin: GREAT POINT ! ! ! I'm tempted to go fly into SF Intern'l just to get arrested so I could sue their port authority/city/county whoever would try to arrest me and/or take my guns. It could set an excellent precedent (although the 9th Cir would probably go against me & it would have to go to SCOTUS). Plus I'd get big bucks! Life doesn't get much better than that! :D

bbq_ribs
02-28-2006, 12:17 PM
Just getting singe by coffee at mikeedees gets more than that.


http://lawandhelp.com/q298-2.htm <--- the actual truth about the McDonalds 'coffee lawsuit.'

But this guy.. yeah. Sounds like he got the short end of the stick, and I hope his lawsuit is successful.

Clodbuster
02-28-2006, 12:24 PM
Is this the same port authority that will soon be administrered by the United Arab Emmirates?

If so, I think seizing people with guns flowing through the ports will be moot in a few months.

Clod

ohsmily
02-28-2006, 12:54 PM
Followed by his ouster from LE.

If those entrusted to enforce the laws cannot perform their duties due to the convoluted nightmare of statues then how can “us poor stoopid citizens” be expected to.

The DA should also be oustered too. If anyone, he should know the law.


ousting not "ouster"
statutes not "statues"
ousted not "oustered"

just helping you out for future reference.

MidnightSon117
02-28-2006, 6:54 PM
http://lawandhelp.com/q298-2.htm <--- the actual truth about the McDonalds 'coffee lawsuit.'

But this guy.. yeah. Sounds like he got the short end of the stick, and I hope his lawsuit is successful.

I keep hearing the lady was in the car, driving around when the coffee spill happened. Any idea if that was true or not?

gmcem50
02-28-2006, 7:02 PM
It is unfortunate the citizens will have to foot the bill once again for the conduct of police and prosecutors.

I couldn't disagree more. It is altogether right and proper that the citizens of NJ & NY are forced to pay for this agregious infringement of civil rights, which by the way should be ten times as much; after all, they are the left wing kooks who voted for this crap and for these jack booted thugs in the first place. It's about time the VOTERS are made to suffer the consequences of stupid voting!

Creeping Incrementalism
02-28-2006, 9:14 PM
ousting not "ouster"
statutes not "statues"
ousted not "oustered"

just helping you out for future reference.

ohsmily strikes again!!!

ohsmily
02-28-2006, 9:27 PM
ohsmily strikes again!!!

BURN!!! :D

Charliegone
02-28-2006, 9:37 PM
Watts wrong wiht a litle miss spelling?:D

bbq_ribs
02-28-2006, 9:56 PM
I keep hearing the lady was in the car, driving around when the coffee spill happened. Any idea if that was true or not?

Apparantly she was sitting still in the drive thru - and was a passenger, not the driver.

WhiteSands
03-01-2006, 10:30 AM
I wonder where the ACLU was....
Oh, that's right, the 2nd Ammendment is a duty, not a right.
So much for certain civil liberties,
Builder


The ACLU would only step in if he stated he was a NAMBLA member.