As I mentioned on Saturday coming out of the closet has it’s price. But that price could probably have been lowered with a little bit of planning.
Fish Or Man should have found an attorney prior to coming out of the closet. Getting funding ahead of time would have been a good idea too. The attorney could have researched the case law related to the laws in question. Sometimes the case law will essentially turn what the legislature wrote into something very different than what the average person would think it to mean. Once Fish Or Man decided to actually proceed he would have had a much more accurate view of what the cops could charge him with and how to respond. He could have had a note from his lawyer to hand to the cop saying, in great detail, this is the law and my client is not violating it.
So, Fish Or Man wasn’t as prepared as he should have been. This doesn’t mean that he is totally screwed yet or that we should abandon him. I have the 23rd off from work and if the roads are decent and I can talk my wife into a trip to Spokane (about a 2 hour drive for us) I will be there to watch what happens on his first court date. It may be that Fish Or Man is an embarrassment to the gun community and he should be “left hung out to dry“, or it could be that he is guilty only of lack of planning and we need to support him. We’ll see and I’ll report back later this week.