Blind NJ Man Wants His Guns Back

Friday, Jun 11, 2010  |  Updated 10:00 AM EDT
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Blind NJ Man Wants His Guns Back

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Rising Temperatures Lead to Rising Crime Rates | The week's heat wave resulted in multiple killings and other gun-related incidents. One man was killed and eight more were injured Monday night.

A New Jersey prosecutor is fighting a blind man from recovering at least six guns that were stolen from him.

Undercover detectives purchased five of Steven Hopler's handguns on the street and a sixth was used in a suicide.

The Rockaway Township resident, who has been blind since 1991 because of complications from diabetes, won permission in 1994 to buy firearms and shoot them under supervision.

Authorities say the 47-year-old poses a danger to public safety because he's lax in handling the weapons and in keeping records.

Hopler's home was burglarized in 2009.

Hopler at first denied that his neighbor had access to the apartment. Kenneth Struck Jr. eventually pleaded guilty to burglary.

A hearing over whether Hopler can get his guns back is planned for July or August.

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