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Man, the way the police handled this situation makes me glad I live in this city. It's probably also why they are one of only two PD's that I know of that have National Acredidation in Western Washington; the other being University of Washington Police (I'm a student there). I don't think they needed to escort him to his car, but it was a prudent thing to do, just in case.

I also wish I could find this guy, as I'd love to see his collection!:D

EDMONDS - Dr. Bruce Williams often chats with his patients about their hobbies. Gardeners show him flowers. Bakers sometimes bring in treats.
On Tuesday a patient brought in the 1918 Mauser rifle he's restoring.
It's hard to judge who was more surprised.
Was it the people who watched a man casually carrying a rifle in a case through the building?
Or was it the man, 77, suddenly surrounded by police officers as he waited to see his internist?
"It was purely a desire to connect and show me his hobby," Williams said.
Police first got a call about 11 a.m. Someone saw a man go into a restroom carrying a long canvas bag that appeared to have a gun in it.
Squad cars rushed to the medical building, in the 21600 block of 76th Avenue W.
Officers told people in nearby offices to lock their doors. Edmonds-Woodway High School went into lock-down.
Police swept through the building. They found the man in a waiting room, sitting with other patients, the case with the Mauser in it on the floor below his seat.
"You wouldn't have known anything was out of the normal until three officers came in," receptionist Marlys Melrose said. "We didn't know what was causing all the excitement."
The man was dumbfounded by the commotion, Edmonds police Sgt. Mark Marsh said.
He explained to the officers that during his last doctor's visit they spoke about his collection of antique guns. Williams told him he'd like to see it some day.
"I told him I didn't think he'd be able to walk a rifle into the office, but sure enough he showed up with a rifle," Williams said. "He's a sweet guy who wanted to show me his latest work."
There was never any threat, Marsh said The rifle wasn't loaded and was never out of its case. "It's not illegal, but it sure is an odd situation," he said.
When the ruckus died down, the man finally got a chance to show Williams the gun inside an examination room.
He's done some retooling to the World War I-vintage German rifle, Williams said.
Police then escorted the man back outside.
"Next time we advised him to keep the gun in his car and let the doctor know it was out there if he wanted to look at it," Marsh said.
Edmonds police did not release the man's name or his hometown.
Melrose said she appreciated the police department's quick response.
"They were being cautious and took it seriously. I'm glad I live here," she said.
Last August there was a similar scare just a few blocks away.
Edmonds police were called when someone reported a man going into a medical building carrying what appeared to be a shotgun. Police closed a road and called for the SWAT team.
Before things got too far, police at the scene figured out that the man was carrying a cane. The cane was painted to look like a double-barreled pistol-grip shotgun.
Reporter Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463 or [email protected].
HeraldNet: Man shocked when his rifle causes ruckus
 

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Did you read the article JoeLee? The guy wasn't shot and was allowed to show his rifle to the Doc. It appeared from the article that the police were rather tame with what they could have reasonably been.
 

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Unfortunatly due to the happenings at coumbine VT etc... You can help but have people overreact when they see a firearm. I'm in my early 30s and I remember walking down main street in my hometown and going hunting on the city limits. I'd probably get arrested today.
 

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I certainly wouldn't carry my firearm into a business without prior approval from the owner. Like was said; tell doctor to come out to car and look at it. The police acted very calmly in this situation. Unfortuantely police rely too much on what they are told on the phone. "Man has a gun" ; "Man is threatening people....."
 

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just_a_car,Why yes I did ,try that in New York!As a kid we had Civilian Marksmanship Training ,after school with my own gun once a week.Sitting,Standing, and Prone till the instructor said ATTABOY your a Rifleman now.Did you?
 

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I was reading meters one day years ago, walking fast and carrying a "dog stick," a 3-foot piece of pvc pipe with a bicycle grip on one end and a tennis ball on the other.

All heck broke loose when I went to read a meter in the back of an automotive shop complex; the receptionist called the manager to tell him, "I just saw a man with a baseball bat running toward your office." Then she called 911, and told them the same thing.
 

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Sign of the times... I can recall taking a rifle in a gun bag to the gunsmith on the BUS.. No one even blinked. Down the road towards the capital city was once a rifle range, its a shopping centre now. 9/10 of the guys going there to compete way back then, caught the train. Imagine a dozen or more people getting on a train with rifles now?

Nut jobs have destroyed a perfectly respectable pastime and hobby..
 

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You know something you never see anymore is gun racks in the back glass of pick up trucks with a gun(s) in them...I wonder why !
 

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Outwest you`d see that here, lol then you`d see a fellow from out in the sticks at the coast on holiday with rifles in the back window.. oopsie.
 

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just_a_car,Why yes I did ,try that in New York!As a kid we had Civilian Marksmanship Training ,after school with my own gun once a week.Sitting,Standing, and Prone till the instructor said ATTABOY your a Rifleman now.Did you?
Hey JoeLee, I want to appologize for my reaction to your post. I've been under a lot of stress with midterms this week (one yesterday and one tomorrow) and I, for some reason, thought you weren't paying attention to the fact the local PD were very calm and respectful of the situation by implying that he had gotten shot, which he hadn't.

The main reason I posted this article was to show off my local PD and how proud I am of them. I was worried your comment would turn it into a "modern-day" vs. "back-in-the-day" thread, bashing society. That being the case, I realize, after re-reading it, that my post was a little out of line and confrontational, so I'm sorry.:sad:
 

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A few years back, I was shopping after shooting at the range - I had come into town witht he guns still in the back of my Ramcharger. Coming out of the shopping center, I decided to go straight over to the other road, instead of turning on this road. Just got thru the intersection on the green light - a young college girl in a newer Ford Explorer slams into my right side! DANG!
Dentd my door - smashed her entire frontend . . . Her Daddy was mighty PO'd a bit later.
The lady cop who arrived was looking at my tag, confirming ID and such. She looked into the back of the truck. She saw the rifle cases.
She asked me if I had guns in the vehicle. "Yes Ma'am." I said. I opened up the truck and showed her my AK, my .223 Bushpup, and about six assorted bolt rifles. All cased with the ammo in an ammo can.
She asked me if I had a good day at the range - I told her, "Yes, it was a good day."
She closed the back door, and we finished the report. :)


Nowadays, I'd probably be facing a SWAT team . . . :eek:wned2:
 

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Hey JoeLee, I want to appologize for my reaction to your post. I've been under a lot of stress with midterms this week (one yesterday and one tomorrow) and I, for some reason, thought you weren't paying attention to the fact the local PD were very calm and respectful of the situation by implying that he had gotten shot, which he hadn't.

The main reason I posted this article was to show off my local PD and how proud I am of them. I was worried your comment would turn it into a "modern-day" vs. "back-in-the-day" thread, bashing society. That being the case, I realize, after re-reading it, that my post was a little out of line and confrontational, so I'm sorry.:sad:
OK come on no apology needed,cant you tell I love controversy by now, even my Dogs shake their heads at me.I do wish you young people could live in the Free America ,us old timers once knew.
 

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This could've gone a lot worse, I am glad to see the officers using their heads, instead of overreacting to the situation.
 

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Thank God I live in Alaska... If you see somebody pull a gun out everybody starts looking around for a bear or Moose or Caribou thats about to be shot...Our State Troopers are the Best up here, they know 90% of us are Packing and so they seem to never jump to conclusions, very calm and curtious but very well trained in quickdraw if necessary.
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Thank God I live in Alaska... If you see somebody pull a gun out everybody starts looking around for a bear or Moose or Caribou thats about to be shot...Our State Troopers are the Best up here, they know 90% of us are Packing and so they seem to never jump to conclusions, very calm and curtious but very well trained in quickdraw if necessary.
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You're makin' me like the idea of comin' up there for an extended stay, Mooseman, but I just can't stand the cold. It's bad enough when it gets down into the 30's and 20's here.

I've experienced sub-zero weather up near Cold Lake in N.E. Alberta, I don't want to live anywhere that gets that cold.
 

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Ah..the cold....Keeps the sidewalks from getting crowded,puts the bears and Mosquitoes to sleep, Makes Tourerists run for their lives.
It's only cold when it hits-40, the rest of the time, it is just chilly !
(I think I been here tooo Long ....LOL)
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I can't stand the heat, either. Anything past 80F is too hot for me, even if it's "a dry heat". I can get accustomed to 80 in Arizona, but once it goes up past that, it's still too hot. That's why I like Western Washington, temperate climate that normally varies from 30-75F from winter to summer. We rarely hit the teen's or above 100F. Plus, even though we're a coastal area, the humidity stays relatively low, unless it's raining. *grin*
 
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