UK: "Farmer robbed - and police confiscate his shotgun"

After a farmer says that he might try to defend himself and his property from thieves, the government takes his legally registered gun

TWYFORD strawberry farmer Eric Jarnet is fuming after police confiscated his shotgun on his 70th birthday because they feared he might emulate Norfolk farmer Tony Martin.

Mr Martin became a national figure after the shotgun killing of a burglar at his farmhouse.

An exasperated Mr Jarnet publicly admitted he might "do a Martin" after raiders stole hundreds of yards of irrigation piping from his 25-acre Twyford Fruit Farm in London Road, effectively putting him out of business.

Moments after he made his remarks police arrived to seize his shotgun, for which he has a licence.

Mr Jarnet said: "The thieves have all the rights in the world. Even if I had a dog here and he bit an intruder he would have to be put down.


Blogger Jeff Johnson said...

This is ludicrous, yes he shouldnt have said he was gonna do a martin, but the criminals should not have more rights than the victims. Also we shouldnt be worried more about protecting the crooks more than the victims.

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1/22/2006 12:10 PM  
Blogger John Lott said...

I agree. Granted this farmer could have phrased things better, but I appears that all he was saying was that he wanted to defend himself. After all the farmer was telling this to the police, hardly what one would do if one planned on violating any laws. Thanks for the comment. There are a lot of people who view Martin as having acted in self defense whnn the police were unwilling to protect him, despite numerous calls to police. What is a 70 year old person like this to do when the police are unable to protect them.

1/22/2006 1:08 PM  

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