|Originally Posted By Goldenlight:
In my city, they passed an ordinance against 'aggressive panhandling'.
I had a guy try to intimidate me into giving him money a parking lot.....less than 100 yards from a police station.
I got to watch them come and scoop him up, and then I signed a complaint.
Two other people had called him in before I did....but I waited, at a good distance, for the police to show up.
If he has a prior, they can throw him in jail for 30 days on the second offense.
First offense is a wrist slap....but they usually keep them overnight in the jail, and if they are alcoholics or drug addicts, and they go into withdrawal, then they can keep them longer, to 'ensure their health'.
And of course, they get searched. A LOT of 'street people' have something illegal on them.
There are a bunch of ordinances like this on the books, that got passed in the past few years, in an attempt to keep petty crime and 'quality of life' issues down.
a lot of people hate laws like this...until something happens to them, or a family member.
You don't mention where you live; but if you believe that someone is carrying a firearm on their person can you call the police and have that person taken away in order that you feel safer?
How about if you find a single round of .22 short rimfire on a doorstep; can you call the police where you live and have the bomb squad section off the block and take it away for you ?
Curious, where do you live.