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    GOOD! - Blind gun enthusiast wins appeal to get guns back, again, but strange....

    Blind gun enthusiast wins appeal to get guns back, again

    Published May 12, 2012
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    A blind firearms enthusiast can have his gun collection back, a New Jersey judge ruled Friday, in the latest development of what has become an ongoing Second Amendment rights saga.

    A prosecutor's office had asked a judge to revoke Steve Hopler's gun permit and seize all guns in his possession arguing that Hopler abused alcohol and posed a danger to others, NJ.com reports.

    But the troubles allegedly first started back in 1994 when police revoked his permit after learning he was blind. Hope, now 49, won an appeal to get the permit back with a stipulation; Hope can only fire a weapon under the supervision of a trained adult, NJ.com reports.

    "First it was, 'He can't own guns because he's blind.' Now they tried, 'you're a habitual drunkard and we think it’s improper because you're a habitual drunkard,'" Hope's attorney, referring to a 2004 incident in which he was convicted of being unruly in a bar, told NJ.com.

    The most recent debacle stems from a 2008 incident when Hopler accidentally shot himself in the shin while cleaning one of his guns. (OOPS - BAD) While hospitalized, his ex-tenant broke into his apartment and stole guns from his apartment, and one was found to be used in a suicide, NJ.com reports.

    Hopler became legally blind in 1991 as a result of diabetes, the news station reports.

    "He's always enjoyed collecting. When he lost his sight it was just a continuation not what he'd done his whole life," his attorney said. "It's a hobby and you know what? It’s his right."


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    I'm not going to say whether or not he should or should not be able to have his guns... but I can say that there is no way he should lose his right just because he is blind. Hope he treats them more carefully than he did in '08.

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    I already posted this at 10:39 this A.M.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spirit51 View Post
    I already posted this at 10:39 this A.M.
    I looked down the thread for it. Missed the previous post. Must-a not looked hard enough.

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    Good: now he just needs some type of echolocator, a cybernetic eye, or whatever future stemcell therapy will restore his vision.

    He's got decent odds of living another 20 years. That's something like 100 dog years when it comes to computer technology.
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