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Saturday, January 10, 2004

Free Hunter: Update on Hunter; and Thanks

By Sunni Maravillosa

January 10, 2004

The wheels of justice turn ever so slowly, it's said, and progress in
Jeffrey "the Hunter" Jordan's case is no different. His SUV and its
contents have been released from the Ohio Highway Patrol, but there's
no word on their condition, nor even if the truck is drivable.
Fortunately, the date of his return has been moved back from 1/9 to
1/12, and he will be going through Ohio to pick up his property and
return home to New Hampshire this weekend. Thanks in large part to
support from concerned freedom lovers, Hunter will have funds on hand
to rent a vehicle to return home should that be necessary.

Support for Hunter has been pouring in at an unexpected rate. Many
individuals have given very generously to his legal defense fund.
Others have helped spread the word across the internet to many
firearms groups and forums, among libertarian activists, and just
about everywhere there might be interest, it seems. Lawyers and law
students have offered pro bono assistance of varying sorts. Other
individuals have volunteered to research relevant statistics on
firearm use and crime, especially relating to Ohio and comparisons
pre- and post-CCW law enactment.

The willingness of so many individuals to help Hunter is very
encouraging, but not totally surprising. He's supported many RKBA
organizations, with donations of both time and money, for years. He's
written on gun-related topics for several web publications, has taken
a good amount of training, and is a good instructor and gunsmith
himself. We've been trying to keep Hunter updated with all the
support he's getting, and his lawyer sends along Hunter's sincerest thanks
for all that each of you has done to help.

Many of you knew that a revised Ohio concealed carry bill has
recently been approved by the legislature. Governor Taft has signed the bill,
and it will go into effect on April 2. While that doesn't mean Hunter
will be let off, it will have to weigh on the jurors' minds that what
they are considering jailing a man for doing in December will most
likely be a legal activity in Ohio at the time of the trial.

It is a testament, not only to Hunter, but to the freedom community
that we have pulled together so quickly and so well to help a fellow
liberty lover who's facing a very challenging path. I'd like to
specifically thank Matt Gaylor who immediately came to Hunter's
rescue when Don Lobo Tiggre heard of his arrest and was out of range to help
himself. Matt has been invaluable, both in Ohio and around the
country, in keeping individuals updated on news. Mary Lou Seymour has
also been instrumental in spreading the word through her Rational
Review Freedom Action of the Week, and email updates. Claire Wolfe
and Debra Ricketts have been wonders -- Claire has sent word far and
wide; both of them have donated generously and offered their PayPal and
e-gold accounts as means to accept contributions of those types.

Despite the cat-herding jokes and the frustrations that can accompany
dealing with individuals who insist on doing things their way, this
crisis demonstrates very clearly how peaceful, voluntary action works
to accomplish tasks. That's what the Liberty Round Table is all
about, and that's what Hunter, as a Knight Defender of the LRT, has embodied
for years. Thank you all, from Hunter, Don Lobo, and myself.


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