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Monday, September 19, 2011

Ind. Law - "Gun-toting man at Evansville Zoo causes commotion"

Interesting story today in the Evansville Courier & Press, reported by Richard Gootee. Some quotes:

A man who caused a commotion recently when he refused to conceal his handgun while at Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden was within his rights to do so, but law enforcement and a gun-rights expert questioned why he chose not to conceal the weapon when asked.

According to an Evansville Police Department incident report, two officers responded to a call from Zoo officials on Sept. 10 after several patrons complained about a man at the facility who had a handgun holstered visibly on his hip. When one of the officers asked the man to conceal the weapon, the man refused and "started causing a scene," according to the report. At that point, according to the report, officers asked the man to leave the zoo because he was frightening other patrons. He initially refused to leave and police had to escort him out.

In Indiana, a licensed handgun does not have to be concealed, but Bryan Lee Ciyou, an Indianapolis attorney and the author of the "Indiana Firearms Law Reference Manual," said licensed gun owners should use prudence when deciding whether to conceal their weapons.

He said the police were also correct to request the man hide the gun from public view.

"I think the person is within their rights to say, 'I'm not going to do it,' but why you would want to pick that fight if you're a gun owner or other person that lawfully has it is one that I wouldn't pick," he said. "There is a lot of ambiguity between right and wrong and the law and common sense, and that's a common sense question."

Although the story does not say, presumably the man had a concealed carry permit ...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 19, 2011 01:02 PM
Posted to Indiana Law