By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
Here we go again, Save Jerseyans.
The story of Mia Higginbotham is succintly communicated on her legal defense fund page:
Mia Higginbotham was charged with unlawful possession of her lawfully owned unloaded handgun, which was packed in its original box and locked in her hard-sided luggage. She was moving from her residence in New Jersey to her residence in Florida. She declared the firearm at check-in, but was subsequently arrested at Liberty International Airport in Elizabeth / Newark. She had no ammunition in her possession whatsoever, and was plainly trying to follow the law.
Mia is married and has a young daughter. She is currently facing 10 years in State Prison with a minimum mandatory of 3.5 to 5 years with no chance of parole for her attempt to lawfully transport her handgun between residences.”
The NRA is all over it:
The law is bad enough on its own merits, Save Jerseyans, but what makes this story even worse is, as lawyer Evan Nappen points out, the extent to which the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) misled this poor woman on its official website. Check this out:
“Firearms must be unloaded and locked in a hard-sided container and transported as checked baggage only,” the page explains (emphasis added). “Firearm parts, including firearms frames and receivers, must also be placed in checked baggage and are prohibited in carry-on baggage.”
The TSA’s page never specifies that they want it in a separate container.
Following these silly gun laws is difficult enough. Should we penalize obviously harmless citizens for following the government’s own online notice literally? With a few years in prison?