FARMINGTON — A man who walked around the downtown with a toy gun that appeared real was charged with terrorizing Thursday night. John Cushman, 20, “made lots of people nervous” when he strolled through town with a toy gun tucked into his shorts, said Deputy Chief Shane Cote of the Fa…
One person’s paranoia does not constitute terrorizing action by another person.
If the accused never performed a threatening act then how can it be terrorizing? Perhaps he did, but the article doesn’t mention any such act.
Maine is an open carry state. According to the article the weapon was not concealed. So as long as he did not brandish the weapon is a threatening manner then he broke no law, as I see it.
It will be interesting to see how this turns out. If anyone finds another article that describes the accused’s action further then please share it with me.