Screenshot from ABC 6 News
A difference of opinions between a lawful gun owner and a concerned neighbor has caused a commotion in Rochester, Minnesota over the rights protected by the First and Second Amendments to the United States Constitution.
The debate at hand involves a local woman’s recent decision to post a sign on the front lawn of her Rochester home announcing to passersby that an area man, Matthew Halleck, carries a concealed handgun on him every day when he walks his two daughters past her property on his way towards Harriet Bishop Elementary School.
Local network ABC 6 reported earlier this month that Halleck has a state-issued permit to carry the gun, and Minnesota’s relatively relaxed firearm laws allow lawful residents to carry such weapons nearly everywhere but schools with few restrictions; in June, the Huffington Post went as far as to consider Minnesota to be among the more gun-friendly states.
Yet while Halleck insists the gun is for protection, Rochester resident Kimberly Edson says it rubs her the wrong way.
“Since we don’t have a way to stop him, we felt it was important to notify the neighborhood and the parents that there is an armed man in their presence,” Edson told ABC 6. “The first couple days of school he had it very visible, we saw it and were quite concerned,” she said.
“I have a responsibility to help create the kind of community I want to see, and I don’t want to see a community where there are guns around schools,”she said.
The sign Edson posted on her lawn, the network reported, has Halleck’s picture on it and reads: “This man carries a loaded gun around your children every day.”
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