Elderly Tenant Ordered to Get Rid of Gun After Using It for Self-Defense

BDN Maine/screenshot
BDN Maine/screenshot

Breitbart News previously reported that 67-year-old Harvey Lembo bought a gun on the morning of August 31 for self-defense then shot an alleged burglar hours later whom he believes was trying to steal his painkillers.

Lembo lives in Park Place apartments in Rockland, Maine, and the company that manages the complex has now sent Lembo a letter telling him he must get rid of the gun.

Think about it—he used a gun after the sounds of an alleged burglar woke him up. He ordered the suspect to remain still until police arrived, but the suspect tried to make a break for it. So Lembo shot him, wounding him in the shoulder. Police arrived to find the suspect bleeding in the nearby woods.

None of this is questioned, yet the company managing the apartments wants Lembo to disarm himself.

According to Bangor Daily News, “Park Place Apartments is managed by Stanford Management Co. of Portland. Russ Gagne, director of finance, said the firearm prohibition is part of the house rules for living in the apartments, and tenants sign a lease that requires they adhere to house rules.”

Gagne defended the demands that Lembo disarm himself by saying, “This is to ensure the safety of all tenants.” Gagne did not attempt to explain how safe he thought Lembo might have been Monday night if he had not had a gun.

The suspect whom Lembo shot “made his initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon in Knox County Unified Court, where he was charged with burglary, theft of medication, attempted theft and three counts of refusing to submit to arrest.” These are serious charges. Yet Gagne and the rest of Stanford Management Co. want Lembo to be unarmed?

Lembo responded to the management’s letter by saying, “This is bull.”

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