Elderly Vet’s Firearms Taken After Waitress Misheard Him

Elderly Vet’s Firearms Taken After Waitress Misheard Him

With all the talk of guns being taken away by the government, many have questions about how exactly those laws will work. Already we have “red flag” laws being given to local governments that are all too close to violating our Second Amendment rights.

For the left who support these laws, their standard response to our concern is “If you’re not a criminal, what’s the problem?” After all, it’s only the ones carrying out illegal behavior that need to be worried about it right?

But a recent case in Massachusetts is proving otherwise and causing many to be concerned that our rights have already been violated.

84-year-old Stephen Nichols of Tisbury, a small town in the Martha’s Vineyard area of Massachusetts, is a Korean War vet who has spent his life in service to his nation and community. After the war, he settled down with his wife, had some kids, and is now the proud grandfather to 11 little ones.

He is currently employed at the local school as a crossing guard, and according to two separate news outlets, LifeZette and the Martha’s Vineyard Times, he does this “because he loves kids” and “after his wife passed away, he… needed something to occupy his time and his heart.”

Before working as a crossing guard, Nichols was a court officer, a constable, and has served with the local Tisbury Police in supporting roles for over six decades. To say he was an upstanding member of the community is a complete understatement.

And yet, he has recently been relieved of his position as a crossing guard, his legal license to own firearms, and all of his legally owned guns.

The question is: Why? He must have done something pretty wrong to have such disciplinary actions taken against him, right?

Well, apparently, when he was having lunch with a friend in a local restaurant a few weeks back, he made a comment that happened to include the words “school” and “shoot.” A waitress overheard these words and immediately went to the police, who then visited Nichols, took his license and firearms, and told him he was no longer allowed to be employed by the school.

In light of recent and tragic events in schools in other parts of the nation, one would naturally be worried about hearing the two words in the same sentence. However, it is also important to note the context they are coming from.

As a crossing guard who is often on school grounds, Nichols had noticed that a school resource officer had begun leaving the school during the day to run errands or get coffee. Nichols was concerned about this behavior and, therefore, told his friend at the restaurant that he was worried that someone could easily come in and “shoot up the school” while the officer was out on one of his “coffee runs.”

However, the part about someone coming in and shooting up the school was the only part the waitress overheard. And rather than getting more information, she overreacted to ran to the police, who also overreacted.

The Martha’s Vineyard Times said, “Nichols said the waitress made a complaint to Tisbury Police about what she overheard and on the strength of that, (Police Chief Mark) Saloio and another officer relieved Nichols of his crossing guard duties while he was in the midst of performing them and subsequently drove to his home and took away his firearms license and guns.”

It would be perfectly acceptable if Nichols had indeed made a threat or refused to cooperate with law enforcement. But that wasn’t the case.

Instead, this beloved grandfather was treated as a criminal for merely voicing his concern for the lives of students who attended the school he works for, and likely the same institution where his grandchildren attend.

Furthermore, he wasn’t even charged or convicted of a crime. He wasn’t presented with warrants for the seizure of his license or firearms either, according to The Martha’s Vineyard Times. Nichols told them, “he (the officer) just told me to hand it over, so I took out my wallet and handed it to him.”

Nichols had been in possession of that license for firearms since 1958 and was known to never take any of his guns outside of the home.

Luckily his community has stood up for him and allowed him to get his job back. However, his license and guns may never be seen again if the left has their way.

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23 thoughts on “Elderly Vet’s Firearms Taken After Waitress Misheard Him

  1. I think a GOOD lawyer would fix all that. After a few choice firings (including the waitress), some NICE $$$M lawsuits, I think that a vet with guns would be the LEAST of their worries. Sues these people into POVERTY!. Team Trump and his allies 2020 – KAGA (Keep America Great Again).

  2. And this is why these stupid gun rules and changes are not going to work. The democrats need to get over it and wake up the damn guns are not killing people the mental cases behind who pull the triggers are the killers. Nothing you can do by changing our gun laws are going to make mass shootings any less than they are now. Work on the mentally unstable people who actually get guns illegally or through their families. Then punish the person they get them from, not the entire gun holders.

  3. THIS SHOULD BE TRIED IN COURT AND IF NEEDED TAKEN ALL THE WAY TO THE SUPREME COURT, FEDERAL LAW IS OVER ANY OTHER LAW IN THIS COUNTRY, HIS RIGHTS WERE TAKEN AWAY, IN FACT HE NEEDS NO LICENSES TO OWN AND CARRY A GUN, THE SECOND ADMENDMEND GIVES HIM THAT RIGHT, HE IS WELL TRAINED TO CARRY A GUN AND NO PERSON, JUDGE, ATTORNEY GENERAL, MAYOR, POLICEMAN, GOVERNER, SENATOR, REPRESENTATIVE, SUPREME COURT, ATTORNEY GENERAL, IN FACT THE ONLY WAY THE SECOND ADMENDMENT CAN BE DONE AWAY WITH IT A MAJOORITY VOTE IN THE HOUSE, SENT TO THE SENATE AND A MAJORITY YES VOTE THERE, PASSED TO THE PREISIDENT AND HIS YES TO THE BILL, THEN IT IS LAW, ANYONE AND I MEAN ANYONE THAT DOES WHAT WAS DONE TO THIS MAN IS BREAKING THE LAW AND SHOULD BE PROSCUTED.

  4. Looks like the witches of Salem are back. And this time they have backing of morons running this guy’s home
    Its so nice to see our local law enforcement doing their jobs. Right! This VET is treated like dirt and some stupid
    waitress is nothing more than a busybody with no Brains. Then the establishment Gestapo over reacts. So much for common sense. He should sue the city for everything he can get.

  5. EVERY VETERAN, HUNTER, PERSON TRAINED SHOULD HAVE A GUN AND CARRY THEM FOR PROTECTION, WITH THE MUSLIMS HERE NOW AND OTHER WERIDO WANT TO KILL, RAPE AND ROB THE CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY IT SHOULD BE MANADATORY THAT THEY CARRY, AND IF THE NEWS MEDIA ANNOUNCED THIS, THEM WATCH CRIME TANK. IT IS AWFUL WHEN CHURCHES HAS TO HAVE ARMED GUARDS. OH YES, A LOT MORE THAN YOU MIGHT THINK DO.

  6. Did he get an apology from the waitress who shows what a little info turned around causes a lot of trouble. Did the police bother to ask the vet or his friend what the conversation was….. He was already found guilty because he has a gun.

  7. A busybody waitress like her, needs to be sued by him, for triple the cost of his guns, and charged with making a false police report. She appeared to be in too big a hurry to cause someone harm, that she did not concern herself with hearing the whole sentence. Jail time for her.

  8. I too am a Korean vet ,and I really resent this kind of handling of a brother Korean vet ,especially one with this man’s credentials ,he served about the same time I did ,because I too am 84 years old,and former marine Sgt. and I recommend ,that the young lady. and the brash cop give him a public apology ,and return his guns to him.He earned the right to them when he signed his enlistment contract with uncle Sam

  9. First of all, what does this photo have to do with the article??? It does not appear to be remotely related.

    Now, honestly, there is no position on the left suggesting that no one should be availed of their due process. This is overreach, not only by the waitress who reported, but the police who responded.

    Many conservatives are also promoting red flag laws, because they make sense, but only if enforced appropriately, which in which case described was not.

    Nobody is coming for your guns, unless you present a danger to anyone. Please quit the BS!

  10. As a retired cop I am totally against what the Police did to this veteran. I make comments to my wife regarding certain things and she does the same but we have never been targeted. It is good that he has his job back doing what he loves and the Police should return his firearms license and his guns as they were taken away under false pretenses and through a misheard and misunderstood comment. Under the 2nd amendment he is entitled to own guns and as he has committed no crime, there is no legal right to have them taken away. The “left” has not changed the law yet and never will.

  11. I’m not surprised. The Massachusetts (MA) Red Flag law was passed in haste by the State House. It’s nothing but “feel good” legislation and a way for the State House to tell residents “you’re safe now; see what we’ve done for you.” The bill is very subjective and onerous; one is guilty until proven innocent. MA is a “may” issue not a “shall” issue state and licenses are controlled by individual cities/towns Police Chiefs–there are no standards, the “rules” vary town to town. This bill is in violation of the Second Amendment, search and seizure and due process. Mr. Nichols was treated badly, removed from his job while in progress. Hopefully no children witnessed this. It was written in the local paper that Mr. Nichols was a regular customer at Linda Jean’s Restaurant, Oak Bluffs, MA and known to the staff. The paper reported that the un-named waitress was eavesdropping. She couldn’t have been too concerned as she waited several days to report the incident to Police. In MA, NO proof is required to accuse someone and have them lose their license, weapons and ammo. NO warrant. Nichols wasn’t even given a signed, detailed receipt for his property. Why did this happen? Abuse of power, a vague subjective bill, lack of any semblance of an investigation or even a cursory Q&A, and because the Chief of Police CAN do it. Now the Chief is refusing to comment on the incident or the status. I think Mr. Nichols is owed a public apology by the Chief and someone from the PD should deliver Mr. Nichols’ property back to him. I’d love to see this go to the US Supreme Court!!!

  12. So much for our snowflake Stasi intervention, Classic case of overreach and punitive zeal. This was nothing
    less than the sky is falling kneejerk reaction. Of course, people are jittery about school shootings but the
    law enforcement was judge and jury. There was no legal reason for not returning his CCP.

  13. He should be given back his gun and his permit and even ran a peace in the paper on the front page saying he did NO wrong !!!!!

  14. He should get his gun back and his permit back and a peace in the paper on the front page saying that he did NO wrong

  15. And so it begins. Not only was his 2nd amendment rights violated, but also his 1st amendment rights…The handwriting has been on the wall over this whole “red flag” nonsense….All someone has to do is to get mad at you, not like you, misunderstand a comment, etc. and next thing you know, the storm troopers will come busting down your door and seize your weapons. Seems to me there was already a figure from history who did this very thing…..If this doesn’t anger every single American, then it should. We The People need to put a stop to this insanity before it goes too far.

  16. Why do you have to challenge the constitutionality of a local ordinance when the public officials pledge to uphold the constitution.?

  17. this is unbelievable. It makes a person afraid to stand up for another for fear they will come after them next. For no real reason. This is how guns will be taken from all Americans and How we will begin to loose our Second Amendment Rights. Legality has nothing to do with it. We should not have to get Lawyers to protect our rights under the Constitution of the US. This is so Sad. I am so disappointed with the way this was handled.

  18. First thing- thank you MR. Nichols for military service. Secondly he’s 83.
    I sure the police knew he wasn’t a threat, and to to think they went as far as taking his property
    without cause.
    This started with a waitress, and she is probably not all together mentally.
    I bet MR. Nichols doesn’t even have a parking ticket.
    I question the real reason why they did a illegal
    act upon a citizen, and it’s purely violating his rights.
    I wish he would call President Trump to clear this up.

  19. Wasn’t this exactly what went on in Russia and East Berlin during the Cold War?
    And currently in North Korea? People eavesdropping on their neighbors and turning them in to the Government who then went on unlawful seek and seizure missions.

    Look at Hollywood self proclaimed “elites” ie: Debra Messing, calling to “Blacklist” Conservatives from the industry.

    When do we stand up to all these over paid show biz and sports celebrity whores?

    Guns aren’t what’s causing the shootings!
    HOLLYWOOD is; with Violent Gun Movies and video Games that are penetrating the minds of children! And the lazy parents who would rather let these shows and games “babysit” there kids instead of spending parental time with them.
    We need to stand up and call Hollywood Out on their Hypocrisy!
    Hollywood and Liberals are completely devoid of any morality at all any more!

    There are 2 Shows on TV this season that are advocating for 3way sexual relationships:
    “S.W.A.T”and “How To Get Away With Murder”
    the latter actually showing a 3 gay Males having a ménage-a-tres!
    There is even a movie in the works (currently under wraps) justifying sexual acts between a grown man and young children!
    AND pervert Adam Rippon walking out on the stage at the OSCARS wearing sex bondage appliances, not as a joke, but advocating for everyone to just try it, you will convert!

    Where does it stop??? THEY WON’TSTOP IT!
    We need to start really fighting back, before we
    lose this Country, NOW!!!

  20. I propose if they want to confiscate our guns, they MUST STOP making Violent Movies and Video Games!
    We need to make this a LAW! It’ll shut them up quicker than any other method!

  21. People can accomplish this by not watching those tv shows, don’t go to those movies and don’t buy from those companies that support Hollywood another word boycot anything that supports Hollywood. Democrats shows use this works. Push laws that end these violent movies and video games. Drive them underground. Use the democrat strategies against them.

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