October 19, 2013

Police say gun-toting man poses threat to Portland

Carlos Reed says he is exercising his rights by walking with an assault rifle, hand gun, body armor and 120 rounds of ammunition.

By David Hench dhench@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Carlos Reed poses for a picture in Portland on Friday, the same day police held a news conference about him.

Tim Greenway/Staff Photographer

Carlos Reed

GUN LAWS ALLOW OPEN CARRY

Police said Reed lives on Falmouth Street, alongside the Portland campus of the University of Southern Maine. The university issued a safety alert about Reed based on the police announcement, said university spokesman Bob Caswell.

Reed’s attorney, Neale Duffett, said he was unaware that police had held a news conference to warn the public about his client until a reporter told him about it.

“Everyone is innocent until proven guilty, and we look forward to seeing this case resolved in a manner that is satisfactory to all parties,” Duffett said, declining to comment specifically about the warning.

Several Maine police chiefs asked the Legislature this year to tighten the law allowing people to carry firearms openly, partly in response to an incident in which a man carried an assault rifle through several neighborhoods in Portland on the day before Christmas – 10 days after the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

Sauschuck said at the time that officers lacked any legal authority to determine whether the gun was loaded, whether it complied with the federal ban on automatic weapons, or even whether the man had the rifle legally.

Maine is among the 35 states where it is legal to carry a gun openly without a permit or license, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. A permit is needed to legally carry a concealed gun in Maine.

The effort to clarify the law would have defined a threatening display as a display in a public place that would cause a reasonable person to be intimidated or alarmed. The bill was approved by the Legislature but vetoed by Gov. Paul LePage. 

Staff Writer Scott Dolan contributed to this report.

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