State Dept. defends arrest of Marine Veteran being held in Mexico on gun charge

Yesterday this photo of Marine Veteran Jon Hammar (h/t: Daily Mail) who was arrested in August of this year on a gun charge was anonymously sent to Jon’s mother. Basically Hammar was carrying an unloaded antique rifle that happened to be an inch too short by Mexican standards. Our border agents checked it out and told him it was OK to take it into Mexico and had him fill out a form. When he got across the border he gave Mexican officials the form and was subsequently arrested for carrying an illegal weapon into Mexico. He’s been there every since and there’s been no luck in getting him freed.

Fast forward to yesterday when the photo was sent showing him shackled to his bed. The State Department also sent a letter to Jon’s mother who was on Fox and Friends this morning to discuss it. In short, the State Department now appears to be defending Mexico and seems relegated to let whatever happens, happen:

I was able to grab the portion of the letter Fox News posted on the screen that notes that since the photo was released our consulate in Mexico has seen to it that Jon is now unshackled an remains in a safer area of the prison:

For more background on this story, here’s an interview with ABC News:

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