Judge Suspends 2-a, Attempts to Compel Free Keene Speech

by Garret Ean
Dec 9 2011

Timothy Vaughan (Photo: KingCast.net)

Judge Timothy J. Vaughan, of the bench at Grafton County’s superior court, has issued a bizarre restraining order against the proposed actions of Brad Jardis and Tom Mozingo. The two, who announced an open carry of firearms outreach event on the campus of Plymouth State University to occur later today, have been ordered by Vaughan not to participate in their act of legal civil disobedience. In the judicial decree issued Thursday, Jardis and Mozingo are not prohibited from appearing on campus, but are told under penalty of contempt of court that they may not possess firearms while on campus in accordance with the university’s gun prohibition policy. Also prohibited from carrying “weapons” are Mozingo and Jardis’, “…officers, agents, servants, employees, and attorneys; and any person acting in active concert and participation with Bradley Jardis and Tommy Mozingo“.

Included in the order was a demand that Jardis and Mozingo publish a copy of the order to FreeKeene.com. Mozingo, who has made no public statements regarding the event to this point, does not have a user account at Free Keene. Jardis had not posted a response as of 12:00am Friday morning, with the outreach event to occur at 9:00am. The website’s founder, Keene activist Ian Freeman posted an Open Response to the Robed Man Who Believes He Controls This Blog. The order is not published on the website itself, but is discussed in the post and is linked to as hosted on a separate server.

New Hampshire’s constitutional protection in Article 2-a has been temporarily suspended by Timothy Vaughan on New Hampshire’s university campuses. As a political subdivision of the state of New Hampshire, state law prohibits subdivisions from creating any restrictions on the state-recognized rights of firearms owners. While the policies against firearms on campus are long standing, so too is the statute which overrules them. The armed outreach is civil disobedience only in that it disobeys the authorities of the campus who have threatened to enforce their policy. Technically, Jardis and Mozingo will not be breaking the law. Having been more than three years out of a New Hampshire college myself (I attended NHTI in Concord, 2006-08), I always took the personal approach of “don’t ask, don’t tell” regarding right to carry on campus. It seems there is a disproportionate rate of hoplophobia among young adults over older demographics. Without causing great shock, hopefully today’s demonstration will alleviate some fears and shatter some illusions surrounding defensive tools, and inspire young people to stand up for their right of self ownership and self defense.

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4 Responses to Judge Suspends 2-a, Attempts to Compel Free Keene Speech

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  3. D Carpenter says:

    I am very familar with this judge. He is extremely anti-gun. I used a firearm in self defense but was charged with criminal threathening. Anyone familar with State v. Ward Bird knows this carriers a mandatory minimum of 3 years in state prison. Given the circumstances of my case the prosecution offered a 60 day sentence in county. Vaughn made it very clear that he did not like people who owned firearms and expressed that there was never any need for any person to ever have to display a firearm. He did everything within his power to send me to prison for three years. My lawyer, E.F. Nappen was able to talk him down to 4 months but I still was not in the wrong. This judge likes to “make examples of people” and sentenced a lady to four years in state prison for growing weed in her back yard. Timothy Vaughan has made it quite clear that he is extremely biased against gun owners and uses his judicial powers to enact back door gun control. You can thank that useless Shaheen for giving this pathetic judge a job. I would be willing to bet almost any amount of money that in his nice little Littleton home he sleeps with a gun under his pillow because this pathetic excuse for a judge needs it.

  4. HIKENH365@GMAIL.COM says:

    THIS JUDGE ALSO HATES “FLATLANDERS” AND MAKES EXAMPLES ON THEM. HE IS COMPLETELY BIASED TO HIS LOCAL REDNECK CROWD IN HIS KINGDOM OF COOS COUNTY.
    THIS JUDGE PAINTS THE SUN BLACK IN COOS COUNTY. HE IGNORES CITY PEOPLES CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AND IS BLIND TO A FAIR TRIAL. HE CRAFTS THE CASE TO FIT HIS WISHES AT ALL TIMES.

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