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What's the difference between a bulldog and a soccer mom? In the case of Meleanie Hain, it's a loaded sidearm.
On Sept. 11, Hain created a stir among other parents when she wore her weapon - a loaded Glock 26, about the size of an adult hand - in a holster to her 5-year-old daughter's soccer game at Optimist Park in Lebanon, PA, also known as Southwest Park.
Although she did not break a law by carrying the weapon openly, she is now facing the loss of her concealed-weapons permit. But she is not giving up without a fight.
"I'm just a soccer mom who has always openly carried (a firearm), and I've never had a problem before," she said. "I don't understand why this is

(Jim Zengerle / Lebanon Daily News)

happening to me."
Parents were upset by the presence of the weapon at the game being played by 4- and 5-year-olds, said Charlie Jones, who coaches one of three under-age-6 teams, known as U6, in the Lebanon Recreation Youth Soccer program.

"More than one parent was upset," he said. "I did not see it, but it was brought to my attention."
Jones, who is also the county's public defender, said he wasn't certain if Hain was breaking the law by wearing the gun, so he did not ask her to remove it. However, he explained to her that its presence was making parents upset and asked her to view the game from the other side of the field, away from the sideline were the kids were standing. She
complied but continued to wear her holstered weapon, he said. There was no confrontation, and police were not called to the park, Jones said.
Hain's version of events is roughly the same as Jones'. However, she claims he raised his voice and talked over her when they spoke after the game. He denies that.
"His basic message to me was that if I was not carrying it because I was concerned about the other parents, then I should leave it off the field and keep it in the car," she said.
Hain, who lives in Lebanon and operates a small business she declined to specify, said she carries her gun everywhere as a security measure and had worn it to her daughter's other games and practices, but it was never noticed.
Hain was not breaking the law by wearing a holstered weapon, claimed her attorney, Robert Magee of Allentown.
"The state has a law requiring a license to carry a concealed firearm, but it does not require a license to openly carry one. ... Carrying a firearm openly is legal everywhere but in Philadelphia," he said.
The end of the game was not the end of the incident for Hain. In the days following, she received two notices about her decision to wear a firearm at the game.
The first came from the Lebanon soccer-program director, Nigel Foundling, who had been contacted by Jones.
A former district judge from Jonestown, Foundling sent an e-mail to Hain the day after the incident advising her that carrying firearms was against the program's policy. Foundling told Hain any future attempts to do so would cause her to be banned from attending her daughter's games. He also said he would inform police about the matter.
"A responsible adult would realize that such behavior has no place at a soccer game," Foundling wrote.
The e-mail and other information about the incident were provided to the Lebanon Daily News with Hain's permission by Mike Stollenwerk, co-founder of the OpenCarry.org - an organization promoting the right to wear firearms openly.
Hain said Foundling had no right to prevent her from openly carrying her gun, and she has not abided by his orders.
"After I received the e-mail, I continued to carry," she said. "Because they play on public property, they are not allowed to prevent me from carrying even though they are a private organization. ... Nigel seems to think he could throw his weight around and pick on me even though he is not a judge anymore."
Foundling was unavailable for comment.
A few days after receiving Foundling's e-mail, Hain received a letter from county Sheriff Mike DeLeo, the local authority in charge of issuing gun licenses. A parent of another child contacted him about Hain.
In response, DeLeo revoked her concealed-weapons permit under a statute of the Pennsylvania Uniform Firearms Act that denies permits to any "individual whose character and reputation is such that the individual would be likely to act in a dangerous manner to public safety."
Although DeLeo has never met Hain and does not know her, he based his decision on what he considered a lack of judgment in bringing an openly worn weapon to a youth soccer match.
"That is my personal opinion," he said. "I believe that, and that is why I revoked her permit. She has the right to pursue an appeal, and if the court rules that I was not justified I will be required to give her permit back."
Magee said he is preparing to file an appeal.
"There is a provision of the Pennsylvania Constitution that specifically prohibits any government agency from interfering with the right of an individual to openly carry a firearm," he said. "He's basically punishing her for doing something she is permitted by law to do."
DeLeo said he was well aware of the irony that his revocation of Hain's permit to conceal a weapon will actually force her to wear it openly if she chooses to carry her firearm. He said he wanted to bring the matter to the public's attention, but he did not have the right to take away her gun, so revoking the permit was his only option.
"I felt some action was needed, and I do believe that something like this should be brought to the public's attention so the public is aware of what took place," he said. "The public has the right to complain about the issue, and if the Legislature wants to do something, then so be it."
 

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Don't forget douche number two:

In response, DeLeo revoked her concealed-weapons permit under a statute of the Pennsylvania Uniform Firearms Act that denies permits to any “individual whose character and reputation is such that the individual would be likely to act in a dangerous manner to public safety.”

Although DeLeo has never met Hain and does not know her, he based his decision on what he considered a lack of judgment in bringing an openly worn weapon to a youth soccer match.
 

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"individual whose character and reputation is such that the individual would be likely to act in a dangerous manner to public safety."
Although DeLeo has never met Hain and does not know her, he based his decision on what he considered a lack of judgment in bringing an openly worn weapon to a youth soccer match.
"That is my personal opinion," he said
Nice way to slander someone he's never met. It's also very professional of him to make a public decision based on his personal opinion and not the law.

If this Sheriff is elected, he should be overthrown as soon as possible.:mad:
 

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:L: FUPA, hahahhahaa!
 

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FUPA..LOL!!!! I'm all for gun owners rights but after seeing the way parents act at kids sporting events, I think it's best to leave guns at home..lol..daughters head pressed against the fupa...then says processing nicely...
 

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- To put it another way, after seeing the way parents act at these events, perhaps it is best to have that option available?
 

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- If a psycho parent followed her and her child to their car and caused harm, I would be glad she was able to defend herself and her child. It happens. If one is justified to carry into their place of worship, a playing field is not so far-fetched....sadly. It's no different from a chaotic fight at a bar, or restaurant with a civilian carrying and protecting their family. (I can't really see the Fupa from the pic, by the way. You must have better eyes). And, of course the waving around of a firearm is never a pleasing sight! You can only hope responsible gun owners are that.

- Any way you slice it, if she is carrying a firearm, abiding by all laws, she should not be harassed by other parents. Plenty of others are carrying, there is just no attention on them!
 

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There is a provision of the Pennsylvania Constitution that specifically prohibits any government agency from interfering with the right of an individual to openly carry a firearm..
Can't be a little bit pregnant Robo... We either have our rights or we don't.
And I wouldn't surrender my 2cd Amendment Right because it makes a few suburbanite lemmings "uncomfortable".

In response, DeLeo revoked her concealed-weapons permit under a statute of the Pennsylvania Uniform Firearms Act that denies permits to any "individual whose character and reputation is such that the individual would be likely to act in a dangerous manner to public safety."
Although DeLeo has never met Hain and does not know her, he based his decision on what he considered a lack of judgment in bringing an openly worn weapon to a youth soccer match.
"That is my personal opinion," he said. "I believe that, and that is why I revoked her permit. She has the right to pursue an appeal, and if the court rules that I was not justified I will be required to give her permit back."
Sheriff DeLeo - you sir are a disgrace to the office you hold and unfit to wear the flag on your shoulder.
 

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If she is responsible then I'm all for it and I'm all for gun owners rights but theres just some places I'd rather not see a glock on someones hip...If you want to carry it in one of those venues cover it up..Even if it means sliding it under your fupa..lol....Unfortunately some of the venues you mentioned bar, restaurant, where alcohol is served is not a good combo. Also, those child games get heated and unfortunately parents do things they later regret..I would much rather see a couple of punches thrown and be regretted later then someone waving a gun around especially with kids being present If I'm carrying off duty I'd much rather have people not know what I have on me...I think it would give a better tactical advantage... I dont agree with her license getting revoked and I hope she does get it back..
 

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Sorry thats something I will never get used to..propably from growing up in Mass. If its a law then so be it Im all for law abiding citizens excercising the right bear arms...if its not a LEO it just makes me a bit uncomfortable.
 

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Well unfortunalley all of those hoops are legal,political,monitary none of those hoops have any thing to do with safety...in Mass you have to take a Safety course just like any other state...my point was it just makes me nervous...all the training ive had when I see someone carrying a firearm like that I immediatly want to yell gun,gun,gun and take cover...Im not saying im against it..it just takes a little getting used to..
 

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When I used to live in Arizona in the early nineties, it was all open carry, there was no option for concealed carry. It took some getting used to, but actually I thought it was pretty cool. Guys or gals walking down the street with a .357 or .45 on their hip like it was the most natural thing in the world.

Armed civilians don't upset me in the least, mostly because those who choose to carry are usually the most law-abiding, thoughtful citizens we have. Certainly more useful than the decaf-soy-latte crowd who hang out at Starbucks, typing on their laptops. Those people could contribute nothing more than a sh*t-stained pair of underwear should the worst case scenarios occur.

Although I will say that I agree concealed carry is tactically a far better option for most situations. Better to give the bad guys a 9mm surprise than show your cards too early.
 

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Armed civilians don't upset me in the least, mostly because those who choose to carry are usually the most law-abiding, thoughtful citizens we have. Certainly more useful than the decaf-soy-latte crowd who hang out at Starbucks, typing on their laptops. Those people could contribute nothing more than a sh*t-stained pair of underwear should the worst case scenarios occur.

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When I retire and move to Montana or Idaho, You can bet your ass that I'm carrying a bright stainless Ruger Vaquero .45 (4 & 5/8) in a Bianchi Gunfighter rig, with a blued .22 Ruger Bearcat tucked into the left side of the waistband, and two .32 Mag Ruger Single sixes in twin shoulder rig.
No, I'm not gonna wear a cowboy hat either.
 

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I hope this mom wins, I always carry and make every effort to conceal it. There is no need to walk around with it in plain view, your just inviting trouble. Besides that I do support the right to legally pack a rosco. This Sheriff is a panty waste for what he did because some asshole complained. More power to the lady for packing a heater.
 
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Although I will say that I agree concealed carry is tactically a far better option for most situations. Better to give the bad guys a 9mm surprise than show your cards too early.
Tactically, and also tactfully. I'm as rabid a pro-Second Amendement supporter as the next patriot, but discretion can go a long way. I've carried to soccer games, t-ball games, and dance recitals with no one ever being the wiser.
 

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Do not throw rocks in a glass house. If that happened here in good'ol MA do you think the result would be any different?

We should all ask ourselves what better place for an active shooter? Wide open space plenty of victims, and because are number one concerned is the law abiding citizen with a firearm we disarm them, because we cannot control the criminal or the active shooter.

The one thing I feel this lady should have done was keep it concealed, "out of sight, out of mind".

Maybe she would have safer if their were Flag Men on site. If only they had "Cadilac Man"!
 
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