Westport Woman Arrested with BB Gun at Town Hall Gun-Control Meeting

The woman said when the topic of gun control arose she was going to use the BB gun to prove a point to the audience regarding how easily firearms can be purchased.


The Representative Town Meeting (RTM) voted in favor of backing a citizens' gun-control petition, but not before an 86-year-old Westport resident, who had planned on speaking in favor of the petition, was arrested before she could get to the podium for having a weapon inside town hall.

At about 9:15 p.m. Tuesday a Westport Police Officer was approached by RTM member Sean Timmons, who stated that he and RTM member Matthew Mandell suspected a woman entered the auditorium with a weapon under her clothing, according to a police report.

“The woman told officers that she was planning to go up on stage when the topic of gun control came up and make a point to the audience on how easy it was for her to purchase the gun,” Westport Police Captain Sam Arciola said.


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In addition to the BB gun rifle, the woman had a box of pellets and a box .45 caliber ammunition with her at the meeting, according to Arciola.

“Regardless of what her reasoning was to bring the BB gun rifle to the meeting, it was a poor decision that created alarm and concern to the public. This incident could have clearly escalated into a tragedy,” Arciola said.

Westport resident Estelle Margolis was issued a misdemeanor summons to court for second-degree breach of peace. She is due in Norwalk Superior Court on January 18.

Fairfield Old Timer January 10, 2013 at 06:36 AM
I hope she is fined and imprisoned! http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/pub/chap943.htm#Sec53-206.htm CT General Statutes Chapter 943 Sec. 53-206 Carrying of dangerous weapons prohibited: ‘‘(a) Any person who carries upon his or her person any BB. gun . . . shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than three years or both. . . ." ‘‘(b) The provisions of this section shall not apply to . . . (5) the carrying of a BB. gun by any person taking part in a supervised event or competition of the Boy Scouts of America or the Girl Scouts of America or in any other authorized event or competition while taking part in such event or competition or while transporting such weapon to or from such event orcompetition; and (6) the carrying of a BB. gun by any person upon such person’s own property or the property of another person provided such other person has authorized the carrying of such weapon on such property, and the transporting of such weapon to or from such property.’’
Brian January 10, 2013 at 11:47 AM
@ FOT:I hope all your weapons are locked away safely and you know their whereabouts.
Fairfield Old Timer January 10, 2013 at 03:23 PM
From WestportNow.com: "The gun was mine legally and they had no right to take it away from me!” - Estelle T. Margolis http://www.westportnow.com/index.php?/v2_5/comments/margolis_sorry_i_was_so_stupid/#more I could not have said it better!!! Thank you for backing the rights of gun owners!............................I stand with you Estelle!!!
Fairfield Old Timer January 10, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Absolutely Brian!! How about you and yours?!


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