Mensch appeals disorderly charge in handgun incident

A state lawmaker is appealing a conviction on charges he flashed a handgun at another motorist on a Berks County highway in March.

Sen. Bob Mensch - a Republican who represents parts of Montgomery County -told The Express-Times of Easton he never brandished a gun and wants the conviction overturned to restore his reputation.

"I'm appealing it. It's B.S.," said Mensch in an interview with the newspaper. "It's one of only two or three times in my life when I truly felt threatened. Nobody waved a gun."

Mensch, 65, of Marlborough Township in Montgomery County. was found guilty in district court in May. State police said another motorist reported Mensch displayed a gun while both drivers engaged in a high-speed encounter along Interstate 78.

Mensch claims he was holding a cellphone, not a gun.

Police said they found two handguns in Mensch's vehicle, one was partly concealed by a scheduling book on the passenger’s seat and a second gun was in the glove box. Mensch has a concealed-weapons permit.



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