It’s been a while since we’ve had a really fun, really Pennsylvania story in the news. (Or at least a while since I noticed one.) But, today, like manna from heaven, the Harrisburg Patriot-News comes through with this gem:
The Lebanon woman who stirred controversy by openly carrying a handgun to her child’s soccer game filed a lawsuit in federal court today claiming that her rights were violated and seeking more than $1 million in damages.
Meleanie Hain’s concealed weapons permit was revoked Sept. 20 by Lebanon County Sheriff Michael DeLeo, who maintained she showed poor judgment wearing her gun to her daughter’s soccer game Sept. 11. The permit was reinstated Oct. 14 by Lebanon County Judge Robert Eby.
What?! We’re going to punish someone who was carrying a gun to protect us from terrorists on 9/11?! For shame.
“My client has been harmed more than that court is empowered to adjudicate,” said Hain’s attorney, Matthew Weisberg, referring to the reinstatement of her permit in county court.
The suit seeks reimbursement of attorneys’ fees and costs and lost wages, since Hain’s baby-sitting business has suffered, Weisberg said. She also seeks compensation for emotional distress, punitive and statutory damages, and mandatory education for the sheriff’s department on Second Amendment issues. [...]
The primary reason Hain carries a gun is for safety, Weisberg said. “She believes she is made safer by openly carrying,” he said.
Yes, those shoot-’em’-ups at kids’ soccer games are becoming a real nuisance. Frankly, I wouldn’t go to one without carrying.
I’d probably keep it concealed, though.
Gun-carrying Lebanon mom files civil-rights lawsuit [The Patriot-News]