Editor's Brief

Your Gun Terror Stunt May Be Fully Legal

August 9, 2019 12:38 p.m.

A man in his 20s with weapons, body armor, more than a hundred rounds of ammunition and army fatigues was arrested at a Missouri Walmart yesterday, apparently for making ‘terroristic threats’. He had gone into the Walmart and basically just walked around and filmed people fleeing in fear with his iPhone. Local police seem to have made the decision that these acts in themselves constituted terroristic threats. It’s not clear he said anything or pointed his weapons at anyone. Needless to say that seems like a pretty reasonable deduction. But what is important to note is that in many states in the country – including Missouri – it is not clear what law he was breaking.

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