And PLENTY of responsible people do.Sgt. Greg Raquer with the Vancouver Police Department [said] ...
“I guess you could liken it to people yelling ‘Fire!’ in a movie theater,” Raquer said. “People get alarmed.”
He added, “Most responsible people don’t display their firearm in public.”
I suppose that if I, with my recognized Utah out-of-state CHL, were to cross the bridge to OC in Vancouver, I could probably be arrested for importation of terrorism and inciting fearful, nervous nellies to spontaneous combustion by merely being near them. Geez.
The lunatic logic that some folks have in lieu of rational thought boggles the mind.
What a schmuck. The mere fact a nervous nellie was let out to whine about what other, upstanding people did is bad enough to get a person arrested, ticketed or otherwise slapped with the brand of "criminal," eh?
The Vancouver police equate the legal carry of firearms the legal equivalent of screaming "Fire!" in a crowded movie house. Hm. Someone should read him the law, as he obviously doesn't know its application here.
I think it's time to speak with a Washington sheriff or two, to better understand what's failing to go through this guy's head. It might make the difference between spending a few nights in jail versus being reasonably handled ... in spite of acting legally at all times.
Hm. The law specifies that either INTENT or WARRANTING alarm is required. That a nervous nellie is unjustifiably and irrationally fearful doesn't apply, as that's hardly warranted.That law says: “It shall be unlawful for any person to carry, exhibit, display, or draw any firearm, dagger, sword, knife or other cutting or stabbing instrument, club, or any other weapon apparently capable of producing bodily harm, in a manner, under circumstances, and at a time and place that either manifests an intent to intimidate another or that warrants alarm for the safety of other persons.”
Lesson of the day: Perhaps our legislatures actually require a statute dictating that police/sheriff agencies may NOT arrest people for mere carrying of defensive weapons, concealed, openly or otherwise, since mere display, irrespective of whether others may be bummed or upset by such a thing, is not sufficient for such a person to be stopped, ticketed, arrested or in any way claimed to be doing anything other than upstanding, legal action. Perhaps law enforcement needs yet another little reminder of the limitations of the authority to claim as criminals those citizens who are doing NOTHING other than upholding peaceful and orderly life in our communities.