Apr 20, 2004
One of the rubberstamps we have our eye on this year is John Hostettler (R-IN8) :
Rep. John Hostettler of Indiana was briefly detained Tuesday when airport security workers found a handgun in his briefcase as he was going through a checkpoint on a trip back to Washington.
The five-term Republican congressman was preparing to board a US Airways flight at Louisville International Airport when the gun was found, said his press secretary Michael Jahr.
“Apparently the congressman had left a handgun in his briefcase and forgot it was in there and took it to the security checkpoint, where it was detected and they detained him briefly to make sure he had no ill intent as they should do,” Jahr said.
Jahr said Hostettler is an avid sportsman and has a permit for the weapon, but he was not sure what type of handgun the congressman had and whether it was loaded.
Hostettler has represented his district in southwestern Indiana since 1995 and is seeking re-election this year to a sixth term.
According to Shotgun News (nope, not kidding), this isn’t the first time he’s gone above and beyond to “protect the 2nd amendment”:
Rep. John Hostettler (R-Ind.) has been fighting virtually a one-man war to scuttle what the Wall Street Journal calls “President Clinton’s landmark gun-safety deal with Smith & Wesson.”
Surprisingly, “the National Rifle Association essentially sat this fight out,” the June 22 WSJ article reported. “Knowledgeable people said the NRA didn’t want to anger House Speaker Dennis Hastert by using the appropriations process to wage its campaign against the (S&W) deal.”
It’s a good thing he didn’t have his hunting assault weapon with him (he’s an avid sportsman).
Update: Charles Kuffner asks us who is running against Hostettler, and the answer is Jon Jennings, who incidentally “raised almost twice what incumbent Rep. John Hostettler did during the first three months of 2004.”