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March 20, 2014

Maine man’s ‘gun’ turns out to be a tattoo

NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine — Police armed with assault rifles descended on a Maine man’s home after members of a tree removal crew he’d told to clear off his property reported that he had a gun. Turns out the “gun” the tree crew had seen on Michael Smith of Norridgewock was just a life-sized tattoo of a handgun on his stomach.

Smith, who works nights, was asleep when the tree crew contracted by a utility company to trim branches near power lines, woke him up at about 10 a.m. Tuesday.  He went outside shirtless and yelled at the workers to leave.

When he’s not wearing a shirt, the tattoo looks like a gun tucked into his waistband. Smith tells the Morning Sentinel  the tattoo has never been a problem before.

Police didn’t charge him.

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