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Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 6:58 p.m.

When gun tattoos are outlawed ...

  • Michael Smith stands beside a Somerset County Sheriff deputy outside his home in Norridgewock, Maine, on Tuesday.

    David Leaming / Morning Sentinel

    Michael Smith stands beside a Somerset County Sheriff deputy outside his home in Norridgewock, Maine, on Tuesday.

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 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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