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Dad loses guns and licensing after son's watergun threat

Posted by on Apr. 9, 2013 at 8:52 AM
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Do you think this is overkill or are the authorities justified?

Dad’s Pistol License Pulled After Son Makes Water Gun Threat in School

Commack father has guns taken away after 10-year-old son mentions using a toy gun on kids on that pushed his friends.

A Commack father is pursuing legal action after his pistol license was suspended when his 10-year-old son allegedly talked about using a water gun on bullies who had picked on his friends in school.

John Mayer, who posted his story, said the issue stemmed from a March 1 incident at Pines Elementary in Hauppauge.

According to Mayer, his son spoke with a few of his classmates about a pushing incident on the schoolyard, and although Mayer’s son was not involved in the scuffle, he and two of the other boys talked about bringing a water, paintball and BB gun with them to the house of the classmates that did the pushing. While Mayer’s lawyer said that none of the boys actually have any of the toy guns mentioned, word about the perceived threats got around to the principal, who not only suspended Mayer’s son for two days, but also filed a police report.

“If this wasn't bad enough, the police were sent to my residence and I was advised that my guns may be taken from me. This can't be happening, I thought. But it was,” Mayer said.

That following Monday, Mayer received a call from the pistol licensing office, stating that police would be at his house to remove his guns and suspend his license.

“I attempted to explain that this must be a mistake, no wrong doing occurred on my part. My son has no access to any of my guns. The officer that came to my residence saw that all my guns were secured. Pistol Licensing was not interested in my side of the story. They were only interested in what happened with my 10-year-old son in school,” he said.

When Mayer asked police when his license would be restored, he said that police told him he would have to wait until his son is 18 years old and moves out of the home. According to police, if Mayer wants his handguns back sooner, he could pursue an administrative hearing or other legal recourse. However, those are pricey endeavors.

“The cost, so far, about $6,500 monetarily. Emotionally, the cost is far, far higher. That can't be calculated. All my handguns are gone, my license is suspended and my long arms are out of the house waiting to be sold at a local store,” Mayer said.

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by Silver Member on Apr. 9, 2013 at 8:56 AM

These types of stories alway s bug me because I want to know more of the context in which it all occured. Is it possible that this is overkill? Totally. But I can also see the possibility of his son being a serious trouble maker who has many at the school scared. I don't know enough history on this.

by on Apr. 9, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Welcome to what this country is becoming. This poor family. I hope they have good representation and sue the pants of those involved.

by on Apr. 9, 2013 at 9:25 AM
Wow. That is crazy. This is overkill. Poor guy is losing his guns because his son said he would squirt someone with a water gun.
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