Domestic violence

Blount County

• A 79-year-old Maryville woman reported at 5:28 a.m. April 23 that her 57-year-old son was looking for a gun in the house and threatening her. She said he began threatening her the previous day with a gun, so she hid his guns and called 911. When he woke up April 23 and couldn't find the guns, she said, he started threatening her again. When deputies arrived, they said the man was unsteady on his feet, had slurred speech and a strong smell of alcoholic beverage. When they tried to detain him, deputies said the man grabbed his mother's arm and would not let go, causing redness on her wrist, and they bent his fingers back until he released his grip. They also said he grabbed the handcuffs and they had to pry his hand off to cuff him. The son said he did not threaten his mother and would not harm her, but he was upset because he could not find his guns and thought she may have stolen them. The man was arrested and charged with aggravated domestic assault.

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It would behoove the county commission to read about and truly consider circumstances like this before voting to make Blount County a "gun rights sanctuary." Sometimes there are unsavory individuals that just cannot be trusted with the responsibility that comes with owning firearms. Someone who beats on an elderly person is a perfect example. Providing a mechanism for police to temporarily remove firearms from that person, so that an investigation could be launched is not a bad idea at all.

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