Thursday, September 3, 2015

Mont Co. Sen. Mensch cited in gun-related road rage incident

State Sen. Bob Mensch (R., Montgomery) was cited in a case of apparent road rage on Interstate 78, the Pennsylvania State Police said in a press release made public today

Mont Co. Sen. Mensch cited in gun-related road rage incident

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Pa. Senator Bob Mensch, a Republican whose district includes parts of Bucks, Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties, has been cited in an alleged road rage incident involving a handgun.
Pa. Senator Bob Mensch, a Republican whose district includes parts of Bucks, Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties, has been cited in an alleged road rage incident involving a handgun.

State Sen. Bob Mensch (R., Montgomery) was cited in a case of apparent road rage on Interstate 78, the Pennsylvania State Police said in a press release made public today.

The Morning Call's Capitol Ideas reports troopers pulled Mensch over in the highway's eastbound lane on March 9 after a passing motorist spotted him "displaying a black-colored handgun and [hold] it in his right hand."

Mensch admitted to having two handguns in the car, but said he did not aim them at anyone. After questioning, he was cited for disorderly conduct.

Mensch told the Morning Call he'd felt threatened by the other motorist and was acting to protect himself. 

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Mensch - who described himself as a longtime sportsman who knows how to handle weapons - said the gun was "under my suitcoat. I thought it was completely invisible. I don't know what he thinks he saw ... I did nothing to be aggressive toward this guy."

Mensch is also a co-sponsor of legislation expanding the so-called “Castle Doctrine,” which allows people to use deadly force when threatened any place they may legally be - including their vehicle.

Mensch is scheduled to appear in district court on May 9.

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