[Video] Law Student Open Carrying Teaches Uninformed Officer a Few Things About Rights

February 23 2013
by GSL Staff
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In the below video a Portland, ME law student teaches a local police officer a few things about rights.

The officer illegally stops the man, seizes his firearm, sweeps him with the loaded gun in the process, and refuses to return his gun for almost three minutes until his supervisor shows up and immediately says the student is free to go.

For those that aren’t aware, courts have ruled that the mere presence of a gun is not enough of a reason to stop and detain someone.

I know not everyone is an advocate for open carry, but you have to respect this young man for knowing his rights so well, knowing the case law that supports those rights and remaining cool and calm during the encounter. Also, despite the police officer inappropriately stopping the individual he did a great job staying cool and calm as well. He was also willing to call his supervisor and not escalate the situation.

Open carry is legal where the video was shot, please note that openly carrying a gun is not legal in every state.

Sorry for the vertical orientation of the video, looks like it was shot on a cell phone.

Video originally posted on Facebook here:

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