A pro-gun advocate in Somers, N.Y. finally solved the mystery of how his “Protect the Second Amendment” lawn signs were vanishing -- but the caught-on-tape answer is not what he expected.
Details of this story are a bit sketchy, to say the least, but it appears that the gun-rights placard were pilfered by a local policeman and this man -- or at least the internet gun-rights forum where he posts under the screen name “thecelt” -- has the pictures to prove it.
The story was dug up by the web site, The Blaze, which found it in the online message board for the site nyfirearms.com.
In a series of posts, “the celt” says that he posted a sign protesting New York’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, commonly called the SAFE Act, a gun control law that took effect in January, in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shootings.
Shortly after the man posted the sign, a “scumbag neighbor” became irritated and called the town’s building inspector.
The message board poster then received, he says, a notice from the town saying that sign violated town codes. When “the celt” called the town and told them the content of the sign, he says he was told to leave it up -- on the grounds of the First Amendment’s protection of free expression.
A day later, the sign disappeared.
So the man put up a new sign and set up a hidden camera, in case the sign was stolen again. Sure enough, it was. And the video showed the culprit -- a Somers police officer.
The picture at right, if it is authentic, shows the police officer removing the sign.
Presumably, the cop was acting on orders from the town to remove the sign due to the alleged code violation, but that’s not the end of the story for “thecelt.”
The man is ““highly offended my constitutional rights are being violated and I certainly expect some action to be taken.”
No word yet on what his next step will be in the battle over the stolen gun-rights sign.
SOURCES: The Blaze, NYFirearms.com, NY SAFE Act