by Garret Ean
Dec 9 2011
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.