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It's my lawn mower and my yard so I can shoot it if I want

Christophe Verré
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I've already heard of punching a the side of television when the picture goes blurry, but shooting a lawn mower ? Damn, how drunk was he to do that ? (in the morning ??)

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Drunk Milwaukee Man Shoots Broken Lawn Mower
'It's my lawn mower and my yard so I can shoot it if I want'

MILWAUKEE -- You can�t shoot your lawnmower, even if it�s in your lawn. A Milwaukee man learned that lesson the hard way.

Keith Walendowski, 56, faces disorderly conduct and weapons charges for shooting his lawnmower with a shotgun because it wouldn�t start.

According to the criminal complaint, Walendowski said he was angry because his Lawn Boy wouldn't start Wednesday morning.

"I can do that, it's my lawn mower and my yard so I can shoot it if I want,� he told police.

Walendowski was charged with felony possession of a short-barreled shotgun or rifle and misdemeanor disorderly conduct while armed.

A woman who lives at Walendowski's house reported the incident. She says he was drunk.

Walendowski could face up to an $11,000 fine and six years and three months in prison if convicted.


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Pat Farrell
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Note that they didn't charge him with discharge of the weapon. Just possession of an illegal weapon and disorderly conduct.

If he used a proper shotgun, he'd get only a hand slap
Frank Silbermann
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It was probably a case of ignoring the misdemeanor when prosecuting a felony -- if he had used a proper handgun, shotgun or rifle they could have charged him with the discharge of a firearm within city limits (assuming that's where he was, exceptions for self-defense not being applicable in this case).

To be legal, he would have had to take the lawnmower out into the countryside (in a non-incorporated area), on land where he had permission to shoot (his own land, a friend's land, or public land), and (as you said) used a proper handgun, rifle or shotgun.

The 1939 law requiring federal registration of shotguns with a barrel less than 18" is silly, but they had to give federal agents _something_ to enforce after Prohibition was repealed.
David O'Meara
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I don't think Elvis was charged with shooting his car.
Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Coulda used an umbrella like Britney Spears


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Frank Silbermann
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Originally posted by David O'Meara:
I don't think Elvis was charged with shooting his car.
Well, at the time he lived there, I don't think Graceland was within the Memphis city limits. Or, it could simply have been a case of celebrity priviledge. (Celerbrity to cop: "You give me a pass on this, and I'll allow you a few moments of quality time with me.")
Sri Anand
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These Gun Rights do as much bad as they do good,like a burglar can slit a throat to end life and a doctor can permform a surgery to save a life with same knife.
Its very difficult to frame laws which can be controlled and serve all good purpuse.

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Frank Silbermann
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Originally posted by Raghunandan Mamidala:
These Gun Rights do as much bad as they do good,like a burglar can slit a throat to end life and a doctor can permform a surgery to save a life with same knife.
Its very difficult to frame laws which can be controlled and serve all good purpuse.

No, we cannot legislate "God's Kingdom of Heaven Here on Earth" into existence. There is no freedom or power in the hands of people or rulers on earth that cannot and has not been abused. There is no effective medicine that cannot be used to sicken or injure people. And I've heard that doctors make powerful drugs, I think for heart patients, out of rattlesnake venom.
 
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