Josh Huff: What professional athlete doesn’t have a gun?

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Eagles wide receiver Josh Huff spoke to reporters on Wednesday about his Tuesday arrest on the New Jersey side of the Walt Whitman Bridge that connects that state with Pennsylvania.

Huff was charged with criminal possession of a weapon after police found a 9mm handgun and six hollow-point bullets in his car after he was pulled over for speeding. Huff was also cited for DUI and received a summons for marijuana possession.

Huff’s gun is licensed in Texas but not in New Jersey, leading Huff to say he made a “terrible decision” on Tuesday and apologize to the team. Huff explained why he had the gun in his possession.

“I’m a professional athlete,” Huff said, via NJ.com. “What professional athlete don’t have a gun? I have a wife and I have a son at home. My job is to protect them at all cost. To protect myself as well. Even though I know I have security here, I know I have to protect myself as well.”

Huff said that he knows “my actions come with consequences” and he faces potential NFL discipline in addition to the criminal charges in New Jersey. Eagles coach Doug Pederson said earlier on Wednesday that he expects Huff to play on Sunday against the Giants.

49 responses to “Josh Huff: What professional athlete doesn’t have a gun?

  1. I don’t have a gun because I have no desire to be on the firing end. I don’t think Tom Brady carries one around, you know why? Because he knows that would be a PR nightmare no matter if he had a permit.

  2. His first mistake was thinking that New Jersey has Texas gun laws. You might as well just leave all your guns at home in Texas and never bring them here again. Cause there’s no such thing as owning a gun in New Jersey. Some guy that moved here and learned that the hard way when he was transporting his guns out of state to his new house and they were all legal and he’s still got arrested for it, because they were in the trunk but not in the gun case or something like that.

  3. Oh that’s the typical statement made by Professional Athletes, Singers & Movie Stars – Basically saying:
    NO laws pertain to US – We can DO whatever we want!

  4. Well he got caught, owned up to it, and will have to deal with the punishment. As to what he says about pro athletes and guns, he’s probably telling the truth. I’m sure the League Office, the media and everyone in between will skewer him for his pro-gun stance. I don’t have a gun myself, and i’m not really into that sorta thing, but then again, I’m a broke nobody who doesn’t have much anyone would want enough to steal/kill for. Maybe if I were him I’d see it differently though.

  5. I doubt every pro athlete has a gun, in fact I doubt anywhere near all of them have guns.

    That said it is certainly his right, but he’s damn stupid to think that a TX issued gun license applies elsewhere.

  6. orivar says:
    Nov 2, 2016 4:41 PM

    His first mistake was thinking that New Jersey has Texas gun laws. You might as well just leave all your guns at home in Texas and never bring them here again. Cause there’s no such thing as owning a gun in New Jersey. Some guy that moved here and learned that the hard way when he was transporting his guns out of state to his new house and they were all legal and he’s still got arrested for it, because they were in the trunk but not in the gun case or something like that.
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    Guns take responsibility and you should learn the laws if you move there. Assault firearms are banned and getting a permit to carry is very difficult. It’s a contradiction to say there is no such thing as owning a gun in NJ while at the same time saying all the guns in the guys trunk were legal…

  7. Where are the 2nd amendment President Obama and Hillary are taking our guns advocates? I’m a woman and licensed to carry, I don’t see the problem……….

  8. I get your point Huff. Like, who among us has not been in possession of a 9mm and hollow-points and a little weed while drag racing Under The Influence?

  9. Its not Texas up here dude. I went down south towards the Ohio/Kentucky border and people were carrying them around like nothing. Much different leniency/laws and culture in Southern US. NJ cities are incredibly urban too. He should know the laws around here by now I mean hes been in Philly for what, 3 years?

  10. Was his wife and son, who need to be protected, in the vehicle with him? If not, leave the gun at home, and teach your wife how to use it if you’re not there. On top of that, don’t be carrying if your out drinking and toking while you’re driving. If nothing else, just keep your trap shut, hoping your attorney can come up with a lot better defense than you just tried to.

  11. I too have a 9mm pistol and several other guns. I have a concealed carry permit and I had to take a class and pass a test to get it. I learned the laws of different states and where I can carry my gun and under what conditions and where i can’t take it. Having said that, I have never concealed it and gone anywhere hiding it on my person. If I travel to the range or a competitive event I have paperwork to show everything is in order.

    Although I did not purchase any gun solely for personal protection, the 9mm is loaded and ready to go. It is in a biometric safe by my bed. One press of my thumb and I am ready for any intruder. That being said, you have to fear harm before shooting. You don’t shoot just because someone breaks in. Hopefully I will never be put in that kind of situation.

    Now, back to football.

  12. Huff was charged with criminal possession of a weapon after police found a 9mm handgun and six hollow-point bullets in his car after he was pulled over for speeding. Huff was also cited for DUI and received a summons for marijuana possession.

    Speeding, criminal possession of a firearm, DUI and marijuana possession. What a knucklehead.

  13. Ok. Let’s buy that. Now explain the hollow-point bullets.

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    God forbid, he did have to protect himself or his family. The hollow point bullets are to end the threat in the most efficient manner possible. I can’t condone the reckless behavior while being in possession of a firearm. If you are going to carry, you have to be uber conscious of the law. There’s no place for carrying while having weed and drag racing. However, if you are law abiding and carry, you should use the most efficient ammo possible.

  14. So Huff, how do you like living in the land of liberals? You ain’t in Texas anymore, your constitutional rights are restricted now.

  15. allmyexsliveintexas says:
    Nov 2, 2016 4:45 PM

    Ok. Let’s buy that. Now explain the hollow-point bullets.
    ==============================
    can you even explain why they’re more illegal? doesn’t really make sense.

  16. I would say 99% of professional athletes in the UK don’t own or carry a firearm… and of the 1% that do, the majority are professional in a sport that requires firearms.

  17. Does anyone have a problem with him having a gun at home?

    Problem is he wasn’t home, he’s just a wanna be gangsta.

    Maybe worry less about street cred and take a English 101 course. “What athlete don’t have a gun”

  18. Um, no, his gun is NOT registered in Texas. We don’t register guns in Texas. He may be licensed to carry in Texas, but not the gun.

    If he’s carrying a gun for protection, it’s kinda useless without the bullets. Of course he should do so legally in compliance with the laws of wherever he’s at, but an unloaded gun is doubly stupid and does no good if he needed protection.

  19. This is a good example of how State Rights have been diluted and trampled on by the feds and that people aren’t aware of or ignore a state’s law. I’m pro-gun but I hope they throw the book at him.

  20. No issue with an athlete having a gun providing he doe so legally.

    I understand feeling like you need to be able to protect your wife and daughter.

    Driving drunk with dope in the car ain’t the way you do that.

  21. no reason he should not be able to carry his gun in his car and most speed limits are set for revenue not safety.
    Don’t keep your dope in your car and don’t drive drunk

  22. I am a liberal that see`s no quick solution to a half way meeting everyone can agree on. i own 3 shotguns and 2 rifles. but by next tuesday night the gun wackos can spend their time whining about the rigged election. that will keep them busy for awhile.

  23. I’m not sure Josh realizes the seriousness of the charges he’s facing. In NJ possession of a handgun without a permit is 5 years mandatory.

  24. Ignorance is NO excuse for not knowing a states gun laws –
    Just because you’ve got a permit to carry in your home state DOESN’T mean other states will accept it. NJ has some of the toughest handgun laws, throw in the fact he’s a Pro Athlete & I don’t see this coming to happy conclusion –
    Especially NOT when you have a state like NJ that doesn’t even issue carry permits for their own retired law-enforcement officers!

  25. Just an FYI to those that have no clue, hollow points are th ammo of choice for self defense and are as common as FMJ (full metal jacket) rounds. In fact, they are safer, and more effective. An fmj bullet is far more likely to go through a person without causing much damage, and into another person that may or may not be an intended target. Hollow points expand on impact, causing greater damage to the intended target, and have a much lower chance of passing through them and accidentally hitting someone else. There is nothing nefarious, illegal or unwarranted about him having them. I only use FMJ for target practice, all of my pistols, regardless of caliber, are loaded with hollow points.

  26. I hate seeing how many people like to act like he shouldn’t have a gun or didn’t know the rules and deserves what he gets. He is a American who has the right to carry a gun. We all should stand up for him to have it. Yes New Jersey law is different then Texas but I say the Jersey Law is a violation of his second amendment. He shouldn’t have to comply to the Jersey Laws the Jersey laws should comply to the simple rule of he is allowed to have a gun. Now he is charged and loses right to carry a gun any place. It BS. I commend Josh Huff and all players who carry guns. I think anyone of them don’t are the idiots. The North East city’s tell you guns are bad and you should be scared. Then you move away and see people carrying them and having them and you realize you were brain washed believing those who made you feel guns where for bad people. Then you see what a slave you were relying on them for protection. You get guns yourself and you protect yourself and your family the way it should be. Look at BLM they cry about police in the cities yet they still call them and many of them are anti-gun people. They got some just grievances but tell the people arm yourself, protect yourself get easier gun laws in your city. Everyone own guns be dependent on yourself alone. Josh Huff should be given a award

  27. philyeagles5 says:
    Nov 2, 2016 5:54 PM
    allmyexsliveintexas says:
    Nov 2, 2016 4:45 PM

    Ok. Let’s buy that. Now explain the hollow-point bullets.
    ==============================
    can you even explain why they’re more illegal? doesn’t really make sense.

    ———————————-
    hollow point.. the armor piercing cop killer

  28. You want to protect your family? Fine!

    But don´t smoke weed and carry a gun. Chances are exponetionaly higher that you are more of a risk to your family then anyone else!

  29. “I’m a professional athlete,” Huff said, via NJ.com. “What professional athlete don’t have a gun? I have a wife and I have a son at home. My job is to protect them at all cost. To protect myself as well. Even though I know I have security here, I know I have to protect myself as well.”
    ———————–

    How many professional athlete’s drive around illegally with a loaded gun, while intoxicated?

    Just as you shouldn’t drive while intoxicated, use of a firearm while intoxicated is also a poor choice.

    If you carry a weapon for protection, you need to maintain a clear head in case you have need to use it.

    This is an epic fail on so many levels that there is no defense for Huff’s actions or decisions.

    He should lose his rights to own/carry a weapon in the future.

  30. polapea says:
    “I’m not sure Josh realizes the seriousness of the charges he’s facing. In NJ possession of a handgun without a permit is 5 years mandatory”

    NOT for famous or rich folk… he aint even gonna do a weekend!

  31. “hollow point.. the armor piercing cop killer”

    So wrong it hurts. Hollow points are not armor piercing. In fact, a standard FMJ bullet is more “armor piercing” than a hollow point, but neither are armor piercing. Hollow points expand when they hit somethings, FMJ’s, not so much. They tend to keep going. And cop killer? I think any bullet you fire could be a cop, or any person, killer. You are probably thinking of Teflon coated bullets. Which weren’t armor piercing either, they were coated to protect the gun barrel. “Black Talons” were called cop killer bullets, they were just hollow points, but were an overblown urban myth. I really wish people would educate themselves about such things, regardless of their stance for or against, before commenting.

  32. ^^^ this.

    HP’s are carried as self defense rounds because they have the stopping power to stop the threat when the point expands on impact. If anything, I would think that would be beneficial to someone wearing a vest because the added surface area would make it harder to penetrate the vest.

  33. ^^^ Yep

    I would add that hollow points are less likely to over penetrate and retain enough energy to kill or wound someone behind the target. They have outlawed ammunition that is more effective against the intended target and less likely to kill an unintended bystander, this is why people who don’t know about guns shouldn’t be trying to regulate them.

    Huff did make a huge mistake, there’s no good reason to ever set foot in New Jersey.

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