Looks like our friends in Manassas Park are up to business as usual, given this plea for help from a local resident. From the looks of this they guy was doing nothing wrong, and officers from the Manassas Park Police Department resorted to making up laws to threaten him with after they realized they had no justifiable basis to detain him. This is ridiculous.
On Saturday, Jul 19, 2008, the Manassas Park Police department came to my home a 9325 Cougar Court, Manassas Park, VA. 20111 based on a false claim made by a neighbor that I brandished a firearm which was wholly without merit and absolutely baseless. This neighbor is Latino and I have filed numerous complaints against this household for a variety of violations. Three police officers came to my home, took my sidearm, and questioned me and lectured me for nearly an hour about my rights.
I was advised that it was totally legal for me to bear arms on my property but that it “disturbed my illegal immigrant neighbor”. They questioned me relentlessly regarding my right to bear a firearm on my own property and then suggested that because I live near a school that it may not be legal for me to carry a firearm on my property. They threatened to arrest me but they could not substantiate the unfounded claim of the resident of the house next to where I live.
They were polite but every time I objected to their questions they told me I was being adversarial, belligerent and they then questioned me as to whether I had been drinking suggesting I was intoxicated which was totally unfounded. None of which was true. They left without placing any charges which they had absolutely no grounds but they clearly were threatening in their demeanor and absolutely challenging my right to open carry on my property. I want to pursue this matter as I feel the police stepped well beyond their boundaries and I felt as though I was being treated like a criminal. Can you help me…this is a big problem. I was on my property, open carry, I did not brandish my weapon but I was interrogated and threatened by arrest….Can you help. I do not want to let this lie….This was totally wrong, I am a responsible gun owner, safety certified, trap and skeet shooter, and firearm qualified.
I think it’s time folks started making a point to exercise their state and federal Constitutional rights in the city of Manassas Park. Law enforcement harassing gun owners who are behaving lawfully on their own property tells me that they’re unfamiliar with the notion that citizens retain their rights to provide for their own defense. If police started seeing plenty of citizens asserting these rights, perhaps they’d stop looking at this as an invitation to harass residents.
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