“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
Mr. Hoppler apparently keeps his weaponry close at hand, storing a loaded pistol in an oven mitt and another under a sofa cushion.(I guess what they say about crime in Jersey is true. Either that, or Mr. Hoppler entertains some pretty unruly dinner guests intent on second helpings.)
The 12 handguns were stolen from Mr. Hoppler’s apartment while he was in the hospital recovering from a self-inflicted and apparently accidental gunshot wound received while he was cleaning a gun.
Mr. Hoppler is blind and has been for much of his adult life.
The local police recovered the guns and have taken exception to the idea that Mr. Hoppler, who, in their opinion, has demonstrated his carelessness, is fit to have them around. A judge has ruled that Mr. Hoppler can keep, for now, six more that were not stolen.
And, Morris County Prosecutors are using Hoppler’s drinking history as further proof that he is unfit to have guns.
For all they know, a couple of drinks might improve his aim.
Credit: New York Times, The Star-Ledger