Saturday, February 25, 2012

Secret Compartments? Oh My...!

Hat tip to Radley Balko at The Agitator for this story. Governor John Kasich says that drug smugglers are using secret compartments to smuggle drugs! If only there were no secret compartments, drug smugglers would find something else to do! Secret compartments must be banned!

Quote from, "A proposed state law, advocated by Gov. John Kasich, would make it a fourth-degree felony to own a vehicle equipped with secret compartments. A conviction would mean up to 18 months in jail and a potential $5,000 fine."

This is no joke. Soon, after the Fine Governor signs the bill, having secret compartments in your motor vehicle will be a felony. It doesn't matter that you had no illegal substances with you. It doesn't matter that you had no criminal intent (secret compartments show intent, no?). It doesn't matter that you are traveling down the road, as you have every right to do and are harming no one.

Then this gem, again from the piece on, "“A lot of the people that are dealing these drugs are after our kids,” Kasich said at a news conference. “When you see something, call this number.”"

It's for the children! Don't you get it? Governor Kasich cares more for the children than you do! If you see that your neighbor has a hidden compartment, SNITCH! For the love of humanity, SNITCH!

Someone has decided for you, that you don't NEED to. I mean, really, prove you NEED TO exercise all that freedom. If you cannot prove a need (the paternalist standard of proof and need are ever nebulous and non-specific), then you do not deserve. Do you see how this works?

Again from, "A draft of the law describes a hidden compartment as a “space, box, or other closed container” that is added, modified or attached to an existing vehicle."

So, do not attempt to hide a personal defense weapon in your vehicle. Do not attempt to secure your valuables in your automobile when you travel. Lay your soul bare, lest ye be accused! Can you say "asset forfeiture"? Can you spell "confiscation"?

Photos from, found via google search.

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