A judge dismissed a felony charge Wednesday against a Sheboygan Falls man charged with carrying a gun 954 feet from a school when state law requires a distance of 1,000 feet.
The 46-foot difference led to a count of possession of a firearm in a school zone, which is punishable by up to 18 months in prison. But Judge Timothy Van Akkeren ruled Wednesday there is not probable cause to pursue the case and refused to bind over 23-year-old Matthew N. Hubing for trial.
That sounds like a good ruling, but it left me wondering why the guy had been charged in the first place. It seems a little picky trying to determine exactly how many feet from the school he was. Later in the article it says he spent 18 days in jail and the prosecutors tried twice to charge him. What could he have done to make them so angry?
Hubing, of 85 Wisconsin St., was arrested May 17 after openly carrying a loaded handgun and unloaded assault-style rifle through Sheboygan Falls. Police — who questioned but did not arrest Hubing for doing the same thing the week before — contacted Hubing again after several residents saw him carrying the guns while riding a bike and wearing camouflage clothing.
I guess the police in Sheboygan Falls don't take kindly to that kind of brash demonstration of one's right to bear arms.
What is it with this civilian wearing of camouflage clothing while carrying guns? Is that normal? To me it sounds like the kind of fantasy acting out that might disqualify a person under the mental illness restrictions. I want my gun owners thoroughly grounded in reality, I don't know about you.
What's your opinion? Mine is that the police were overstepping their authority again. The worst the kid might have done was to stick it in their face the way open carry demonstrators like to do. The real problem here is that the law allows people to live out their silly fantasies and the society in Michigan encourages it.
What do you think? Please leave a comment.