This is a discussion on Detained by Border Patrol in Maine (long) within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; www.opencarry.com reports that open carry is not allowed in a vehicle...I can't find it anywhere in the law though.. anyone? ETA: just had a thought, ...
www.opencarry.com reports that open carry is not allowed in a vehicle...I can't find it anywhere in the law though.. anyone?
ETA: just had a thought, maybe it's in the hunting laws? do you know exactly what he was charged with?
I'll try to get more specifics.
Last edited by Bline; June 13th, 2007 at 03:47 PM.
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Maybe:It wasn't loaded so this should not apply:Title 15 - §292. Persons going armed without reasonable cause
Whoever goes armed with any dirk, pistol or other offensive and dangerous weapon, without just cause to fear an assault on himself, family or property may, on complaint of any person having cause to fear an injury or breach of the peace, be required to find sureties to keep the peace for a term of less than one year, and, in case of refusal, may be committed as provided in section 285.IANAL, thats what I could find on short notice. Title 12 11108 and 12202 may be worth looking at too.Title 12 - §11212. Motor vehicles and motorboats
B. A person may not, while in or on a motor vehicle or in or on a trailer or other type of vehicle being hauled by a motor vehicle, have a cocked and armed crossbow or a firearm with a cartridge or shell in the chamber or in an attached magazine, clip or cylinder or a muzzle-loading firearm charged with powder, lead and a primed ignition device or mechanism, except that a person who has a valid Maine permit to carry a concealed weapon may have in or on a motor vehicle or trailer a loaded pistol or revolver covered by that permit. [2005, c. 477, §9 (amd).]
"When a man attempts to deal with me by force, I answer him—by force.
"... No, I do not share his evil or sink to his concept of morality: I merely grant him his choice, destruction, the only destruction he had the right to choose: his own." -John Galt, Atlas Shrugged
Is it a right? Maybe so. Did it attract attention none of them wanted. Yep. Pushing the limits when you aren't capable and prepared to win is foolish. Either get a law degree, or be able to cite the codes backwards/forwards, and have your attny. on speed-dial.
Open-carrying an unloaded weapon pretty well defines "brandishing" to me: trying not to violate the law by not being "hot", but having it out for all to gaze upon in awe. Maybe that wasn't his mindset; it will be damn hard to prove.
wow good luck. If he survives all this and is still able, maybe he should just try to get a ccw. Less hassle for everyone and you are better able to get to places on time.
"In those days, there was a lot more respect for other people and it showed in peoples values.... Today the word value means nothing more than something you get on the $1 menu at McDonald's." -BARK'N
I think that all the evidence that would be used to prosecute the charge he faces should be considered tainted because it was the result of an unreasonable search.
You're right, the Border Patrl have a job to do, and a worthy one.
What does that have to do with harassing non-criminal guys, beyond the actual scope of the law as written, when it is CLEAR that they are not doing anything criminal, and have nothing to do with a border crossing issue?!
Will you stop and recognize, please, that it doesn't seem as though these guys were doing anything at all to make them look like criminals? That the Border Patrol guys, if the story is told truthfully, came down on them with attitude from the beginning despite NO EVIDENCE of a crime?
Why defend them by citing the necessary function of guarding the borders, when these thugs were doing nothing of the kind?
But YES, I do question the wisdom of the guy carrying an UNLOADED GUN openly in a shoulder holster. Seems pretty dumb, actually, but more to the point, it's senseless. What good is it? Why not just apply for a CCW license, wait for it, and carry then? Look at all the trouble his desire to carry an unloaded gun caused him!!
“You come at me with a sword and with a spear. But I come at you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you". 1 Samuel 17, 45-46
Typically state organizations would get involved with this sort of thing. The NRA rarely gets involved in individual cases. If it is class action they will sometimes get involved depending. Mostly they will file amicus curiae once a case reaches the right level in the system.
Here is a link to the Maine Gun Owners Assoc. They at the least can probably recommend a pro-rights lawyer. I wouldn't expect much else as it appears they haven't updated much on the website in awhile.
Procrastinators are the leaders of tomorrow.
In regards to Border Patrol actions, I have seen them make traffic stops without probable cause.They also hang out at Michigan "seat belt enforcement" areas where several local and state agencies make multiple stops for not wearing seat belts. The reason the BP makes stops w/o PC is that they are not looking for traffic violations or trying to solve local crimes,they are looking for illegal aliens or possible terrorists. They operate under a different set of rules post 911.It's more important now to be legal. If you choose to ride around in a vehicle with an open shoulder holstered weapon you can expect to get some attention from law enforcement.That guy also put the others in the vehicle at risk for some negative attention.Maine is considered a border area to by the way.Chuck.
Unless it was a Ruger, in which case it makes a credible club!