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    Regular Member Bill45's Avatar
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    Interesting news artical

    Although this happened in Maine it is interesting. I wonder how this would have gone down if it happened in Washington.:

    MADISON, Maine (AP) - A man with a realistic-looking tattoo of a gun on his stomach had the real thing tucked into his waistband when he was arrested, police said.

    Police told the Morning Sentinel that 41-year-old Michael Smith, of Norridgewock, showed up at a sheriff's deputy's home Thursday night. He was crying and had been drinking, authorities said.

    Smith told police he had a fight with his ex-girlfriend and had stolen prescription narcotics from her, authorities said.

    He was charged with stealing drugs, and his gun was confiscated. He was released from jail on $1,000 bail. His phone has been disconnected, and he couldn't be reached for comment.

    Madison police Officer Eric Bronson said Smith was carrying a .40-caliber Glock but isn't facing any gun charges because Maine is an open-carry state and his weapon was visible.

    Smith's next court date is Aug. 6.

    Smith made headlines in March when members of a tree removal crew he'd told to clear off his property reported that he had a gun. But the gun turned out to be his tattoo.

    He told the newspaper then that the tattoo had never been a problem before. He wasn't charged in that case.

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    I don't see this as an issue for WA. Tattoos are perfectly legal, someone calling the police because it looks real will at the worst, have a cop come to waist both of your time confirming nothing. Second, the man wasn't charge for any gun crime because he followed the local laws. I pass Snohomish and Everett police and they never stopped to talk to me and I OC a pistol.

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