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Bringing a Shotgun to the Lobster Wars


Bringing a Shotgun to the Lobster Wars

Old 12-14-2011, 07:53 AM
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This isn't the first time:

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office arrested a South Bristol lobsterman on November 30 after he allegedly threatened another lobsterman with a shotgun, firing a single round.
Gregory Lawson, 53, faces charges of reckless conduct with a firearm and terrorizing.

The round didn't hit anybody and it's unclear whether Lawson intended to shoot the other man, Zachary Geyer. Lawson fired the gun "close enough... that he could have injured" Geyer, LCSO Lt. Rand Maker said.

The incident took place at 9:28 a.m. at Osier's Wharf in downtown South Bristol.

Lawson left the scene, but was arrested at gunpoint while driving past Osier's Wharf. He was released later the same day on $5000 unsecured bail.

Geyer and Lawson are commercial lobstermen based out of Osier's Wharf and the incident appears to have its roots in a lobster gear-related conflict, Maker said.

LCSO recovered the shotgun, which Maker described as a single-barrel, pump-action 20-gauge shotgun.


Old 12-14-2011, 12:47 PM
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Reminds me a little bit of this story from a decade ago involving a schooner and a PWC

Source: The Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Schooner captain fires gun in PWC incident

A schooner captain fired an antique pistol in an effort to warn off a personal watercraft (PWC) operator during an incident last week that is being investigated by authorities in Maine.

The Maine Marine Patrol and the US Coast Guard have questioned Captain Neal Parker, who is the owner of the 20.4-metre, commercially registered schooner Wendameen based in Rockland, Maine, according to a report in The Bangor Daily News. Ryan Marves, the personal watercraft operator, was also questioned.

According to the newspaper, Parker called the Coast Guard to report the PWC operator after Parker had fired an old gun loaded with a blank cartridge. Parker claims he fired one shot, but Marves reported that three shots were fired.

Parker also said, according to the paper, that he had pointed the gun at the water, while Marves claims it was aimed in his direction. Parker said that the PWC operator was maneuvering erratically at a high rate of speed in the congested waters of Pulpit Harbor on North Haven island, according to the paper. Parker said he fired the gun as a warning signal because he said the PWC was scaring his guests and he was afraid an accident might happen.

Rules of the road?

Parker said he had the right to fire a gun under US Coast Guard navigation Rule 7: "Every vessel shall use all available means appropriate to the prevailing circumstances and conditions to determine if risk of collision exists. If there is any doubt, such risk shall be deemed to exist." Parker added that Rule 37 states that a gun fired at intervals of one minute may be used as a distress signal.

The Marine Patrol indicated the matter may be referred to the district attorney's office or a grand jury for prosecution, said the report in the paper. Parker could be subject to criminal penalties and could also lose his US Coast Guard license, while Marves could be cited for operating at excessive speed or recklessly.

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