Friday, October 26, 2007
BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation today called the arrest of WPLG reporter Jeffrey Weinsier a “First Amendment outrage” that only subsequently focused on a concealed handgun he was carrying “simply to deflect public attention from the fact that Weinsier was arrested for doing his job.”
Weinsier is licensed to carry a concealed handgun, and reportedly does so because his investigative reports have resulted in death threats. He was arrested Tuesday at Miami Central High School while working on a story about school violence, and reportedly charged with trespassing on school property with a weapon, resisting officers, and possession of a firearm on school grounds. SAF has reviewed video of the incident.
“Weinsier’s arrest has far less to do with his Second Amendment rights than it does his First Amendment rights, and we think school authorities and the officers involved know it,” said SAF founder Alan Gottlieb. “Our staff has reviewed the video and it does not appear Mr. Weinsier set foot on school property. He appears to have remained on a public sidewalk, where he had a right to be as a citizen, and a responsibility to be as a reporter doing his job.