From staff reports
Robert Neil Joos, 56, a self-professed white supremacist from McDonald County, is contending that a federal weapons case that has left him incarcerated since June violates his constitutional rights and is seeking damages totaling $200,000 per day he was incarcerated.
Joos was arrested June 24 and has been held without bond since on a federal charge of being a felon in possession of firearms.
Joos, in a handwritten “Notice and Demand” sent from jail last week, argued that his possession of firearms was secured by the Second Amendment. His possession of firearms and explosives, he wrote, is guaranteed by the 10th Amendment in that he was “exercising my right to exercise power over my environment (e.g.: protection, hunting, excavation and demolition, etc.)”
“Denial of my right to possession of explosives and firearms while allowing other citizens to possess same is a violation of equal protection of the law under U.S. Constitution,” Joos wrote.
Joos is also challenging the federal jurisdiction in the case and in addition to damages is demanding his immediate release and the return of all items taken from his 200-acre property earlier this year.
Joos was charged in June in a federal criminal complaint filed in Springfield with being a felon in possession of firearms.
A previous statement by Matt Whitworth, acting U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri, said Joos’ arrest stemmed from a federal investigation into a Feb. 26, 2004, bombing that injured Don Logan, the director of the diversity office for the city of Scottsdale, Ariz., who is a black man. Two others were injured in the attack.
The undercover investigation focused on several people involved in white-supremacist movements throughout the United States and led to federal charges against brothers Daniel and Dennis Mahon in the Arizona bombing.
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