Saturday, May 3, 2014



Note: Think this is one the 2A, Firearms Rights Community should get behind.
Go to the link for the ABC Ch. 15 Phoenix video with more info on the petition and Facebook thing.

Of course the gun laws in Mexico, as in Chicago do not apply to organized crime.

Marine, Andrew Tahmooressi, jailed for driving into Mexico with guns
Maryellen Resendez
4:38 PM, May 2, 2014
25 mins ago

SAN DIEGO - A Valley ASU student and veteran Marine is joining the fight to get fellow Marine and close friend Andrew Tahmooressi released from a Mexican prison.

The two Marines became friends while serving in Afghanistan.

"Our bond was built in a war zone, in combat, where things were really occurring," said Lopez who recently found out about Tahmooressi's arrest.

Lopez is helping Tahmooressi's mother in her plight to get 100,000 petition signatures requesting White House officials to intervene. That's over 5,000 signatures a day over the next three weeks.

"I just want to bring my son home," Jill Tahmooressi told ABC15 in a Skype interview.

Tahmooressi said her son had recently moved to San Diego to get post-traumatic stress syndrome therapy.

On March 31, Andrew took a wrong turn and missed the last U.S. exit, forcing him into a line of cars preparing to cross the border at Tijuana, Mexico.

With nowhere to make a U-turn, Tahmooressi called his mother.

"He was talking to me on the cell phone, he said 'Mom the officials are here, they've circled the truck, they're going to search the truck. I've got all my stuff in the truck.' So I knew what all my stuff in the truck meant," Jill Tahmooressi recalled.

Tahmooressi had several legally registered guns in his truck. His mother said he tried to explain to Mexican border officials he just needed to make a U-turn.

"He's a very squared-away person and if he says it was a mistake I believe it was a mistake," said Lopez.

But Mexican police weren't convinced and arrested the 25-year-old Marine veteran.

For the past month, Jill, along with State Department officials, has tried to secure his release from La Mesa Penitentiary in Tijuana.

Mexican officials have until May 28 to respond, but Jill worries whether her son will make it through May.

She has already received chilling and desperate phone calls from him, describing inmate threats against him.

"He said 'Mom, I'm not going to make it through the night. There's people in here that are going to kill me.' In his words, 'rape, torture and murder me and then put me in a body bag,'" stressed Jill.

Jill Tahmooressi would later learn her son used his survival skills to scale a prison wall and escape that portion of the prison. He was found in another area of the La Mesa Penitentiary.

"It does kind of worry me and it's like what are they doing to my friend," said Lopez.

On April 14, the State Department was able to safely get Jill into Mexico for a short 10 minute visit with her son.

Jill said her son had both his hands and feet shackled, but she was able to hug him and assure him she and others were battling for his release.


Marine, Andrew Tahmooressi, jailed for driving into Mexico with guns
Associated Press
4:38 PM, May 2, 2014
48 mins ago

SAN DIEGO - A California congressman sent a letter Friday to Secretary of State John Kerry asking him to secure the release of a U.S. Marine veteran jailed in Tijuana after he drove into Mexico with three legally owned guns in his truck last month.

Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter said in the letter that Afghanistan war veteran Andrew Tahmooressi had just moved to San Diego from Florida and had all his belongings in his truck, including his pistol, shotgun and rifle, when he missed the last U.S. exit on April 1, forcing him to cross the border.

Road closures because of checkpoints and construction added to the confusion, and there was no opportunity for drivers to turn around, Hunter added.

The 25-year-old was arrested by Mexican federal authorities on weapons charges and is being held at the La Mesa Penitentiary in Tijuana. Mexican officials could not be reached for comment Friday.

"Andrew is neither a criminal nor a weapons trafficker, and his incarceration is an extraordinarily unfortunate occurrence," wrote Hunter, a Marine veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. "I am confident this situation can be resolved quickly through the continued attention and support of the U.S. State Department, but I remain concerned for Andrew's safety and well-being as a prisoner in Mexico."

State Department officials said they were aware of an arrest of a U.S. citizen in Mexico, but they do not comment on arrests of private individuals without the person's permission.

Hunter wrote that Tahmooressi was recently treated at the prison infirmary for a knife wound to his neck, Hunter said.

His mother, Jill Tahmooressi, said her son took one wrong turn in the dark and found himself in Mexico. She visited him April 14, and he told her he initially was threatened by other detainees, though he did not explain the neck wound. He told her he had been placed in solitary confinement briefly. He called her Sunday and told her has been chained to a cot.

Jill Tahmooressi said her son moved to San Diego to get treatment for his recently diagnosed post-traumatic stress, after returning from his second tour to Afghanistan in 2012. He finished active duty in 2012 and is now in the Marine Reserve.

"He's not had suicidal inclinations. But you never know after having his life in danger, and (having to) go through this ordeal," said the nurse from Weston, Florida. "Andrew's hopeless, and I've become hopeless."

There have been similar cases in the past. In 2008, an active-duty Army soldier was jailed in Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas, for driving into Mexico with guns, knives and ammunition. Former Army Spc. Richard R. Medina Torres also said he was lost and missed the last U.S. exit. He spent a little over a month in jail before being released.

Tahmooressi has started a petition and Facebook page in an effort to free her son.

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