Army Vet Violently Threatened By Police For LEGALLY Carrying His Gun


A retired army vet has won $15,000 from the town of Bellingham after he claims a police officer violated his civil rights by refusing to recognize the vet’s right to carry his weapon openly, going so far as to pull a gun on the vet.

Washington State is an “open carry” state, meaning that citizens can openly carry licensed weapons. John Laigaie (lah-GAY) III, a 64-year old retired U.S. Army master sergeant and Second Amendment supporter, is one of those who routinely takes advantage of this right. He always carries a handgun on his hip, saying “It’s my job, it’s what I do. I protect myself and my family.”

Army Vet Violently Threatened By Police For LEGALLY Carrying His Gun

On December 19, 2011, Laigaie was walking his dog in a Bellingham, Washington, park with his 9 mm handgun on his hip. A police officer came up to him, asked Laigaie for his identification, and told him that it was illegal to have a gun in the park.

Laigaie did not touch his gun. Instead, he explained to the officer that Washington is an “open carry” state, and offered to show the officer a copy of the statute, which Laigaie carried in his pocket. Rather than discussing the matter or showing any interest in the law, the officer drew his gun and aimed it directly at Laigaie’s chest.

The officer eventually backed down and allowed Laigaie to leave without charging him. Laigaie, however, felt that the Bellingham police needed to learn the laws given that they’re in charge of enforcing them. Accordingly, he hired a law firm to sue the city for violating his civil rights.

Realizing that it was both statutorily and constitutionally wrong-footed on this one, the city of Bellingham, Washington has now agreed to pay $15,000 in damages to Laigaie, and to provide police officers and 911 operators with additional training in gun rights laws in order to prevent similar situations in the future.

Source: mrconservative

8 Responses

  1. common law p.a.g. Chris says:

    Private foreign CorpoRAT owned Mercenaries Masquerading as “Public Servants” are now habitually in Zionist tradition are acting as: Domestic Terrorists! Title 42 U.S.C. 1983; Title 18 U.S.C. 1961 (a) (b) see; Rotella v. Wood. also Bivens v. Six UN-known federal Agents

  2. Dr. William Richard Pabst Cathey says:

    They paid, and now will educate their employees. Of course they already knew about the law. More police state tactics. The right you don’t defend is the right you lose. They are convinced that you will not defend your rights and will cower when confronted by their police state tactics.

  3. 5 War Veteran says:

    Excellent!!!! Open carry is legal in most states however certain facilitates can deny the privilege. So mount a safe in your vehicle and lock it in there when going into those locations but continue to wear your holster in plain view to continually send the message,

  4. former paratrooper says:

    Good, this is the kind of action that is needed for Gun owners to assert their rights against police that think they are the only ones that have the right to bear arms.

  5. Leo says:

    What will it take to awaken the American people ? lining up American citizens on the streets and shooting them in mass numbers will the media has the camera rolling ?

  6. charles allan says:

    Surely carrying a gun openly is better than carrying it surreptitiously even if you are against guns. Plus it also allows policemen to do LEGAL checks.

    • MSG John Laigaie says:

      No Charles, it does not allow them to “stop and Frisk”, this is not New York. No permit is required to open carry in Washington State.

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