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Woman's Yard Sign Exposes Man Who Legally Carries Concealed Firearm

Dan Joseph
By Dan Joseph | October 20, 2014 | 12:15 PM EDT

Matthew Halleck of Rochester, Minnesota has a concealed carry permit so that he can carry a firearm for when he’s walking his two young daughters to school. This is perfectly legal as along as Halleck adheres to the legal boundaries that forbid carrying a firearm within a certain distance of school property.  There is no evidence that Halleck has violated and of those boundaries.

Woman's Yard Sign Warns Neighbors

But, one neighborhood woman doesn’t care whether Halleck is breaking the law or not.   In an effort to “notify” neighbors about the fact that Halleck exercises his right to carry a concealed firearm, Kimberly Edson posted a sign in her yard across the street from Halleck’s house.  The sign has a picture of Halleck and reads: “This man carries a loaded gun around your children every day.”

So now, obviously, Halleck is not the only one who knows that he is carrying a firearm. 

"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,” said Edson.

Edson called the police about the fact that Halleck was carrying a concealed weapon, but police could find no evidence that Halleck was in any way violating concealed carry laws and told Edson that Halleck was within his rights to carry.

Halleck also contacted authorities about the Edson’s sign and, while it was temporarily taken down, it was later concluded that Edson has a right to post the sign on her property, as well.

"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,” said Edson

But Obviously, Halleck has other views about the best ways to protect vulnerable children.

"I'm going to protect my children any way I can,” said Halleck.

"If it heightens the awareness for folks out there that are confident enough, and see the changes in the world to add an extra layer of protection, I encourage people to do it.”

Halleck says he is currently considering filing a lawsuit against Edson for libel, while Edson says she will continue to post anti-gun signs in her yard.

Hat Tip: Guns Save Lives


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