Marine Faces Prison For Legally Owned Gun

A former United States Marine, Sergeant Hisashi Pompey, brought a legal firearm with him on a trip to New Jersey from another state and now finds himself facing three years in prison for firearms violations because of New Jersey’s strict gun control restrictions.

What happened? Breitbart reported:

Six years ago Pompey visited New Jersey and brought his legally owned handgun with him from Virginia. During the course of the night, one of Pompey’s friends got involved in a fight, retrieved the gun, and “carried it into a confrontation with police.” Police arrested Pompey’s friend then arrested Pompey, as well, for having brought an unregistered handgun into the state.

Who is Pompey? According to ABC 7, the former Marine, a military police sergeant, served “three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan for which he received medals for bravery.”

Pompey is also a husband and father.

What is he facing? Three years minimum before he will be eligible for parole.

Pompey is asking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for a pardon. “Only help I am asking for is from the governor, that’s the only one, everyone from judges to lawyers say the only person who will help me now is the governor,” Pompey said.

If he doesn’t get the pardon, he has to surrender himself next week to authorities to begin his sentence after his appeal failed.

Christie has offered similar pardons in the past. Breitbart reported:

In April 2015, Christie pardoned Pennsylvania resident Shaneen Allen, who was arrested in 2013 for carrying a legally owned handgun in her car. Allen even had a Pennsylvania permit to carry the gun, but New Jersey does not recognize Pennsylvania’s permit.

On December 23, 2015, Christie pardoned U.S. Marine Joshua Velez, a Massachusetts concealed carry permit holder who was arrested over a year earlier for bringing his 9mm handgun into the state of New Jersey.

What do you think about this case? Should Christie grant Pompey a pardon?