Man in Germantown stopped for openly carrying guns

CREATED Mar 16, 2014 - UPDATED: Mar 17, 2014

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GERMANTOWN -- A local police department is flooded with calls after dash-cam video captures a man walking with a long gun.

He wasn’t breaking the law, but people in Germantown were scared at the sight.

Germantown Police Chief Peter Hoell calls William Polster’s behavior “risky.” He says, if you’re this passionate about gun rights, take a positive approach. Don’t scare people.

Dashcam video shows William Polster walking on the sidewalk. He has a shotgun on his back, and a handgun holstered on his hip.

Officers stopped Polster to see what he was doing. Turns out, he was trying to educate the public about their second amendment rights.

He’s gotten a mixed reaction.

“I’ve had people come up and talk,” says Polster. “I’ve had people just go on about their business. Obviously people called and complained.”

Dispatchers answered those calls. “I know it’s kind of threatening and scary, but he is within his legal right to open carry,” said one dispatcher.

Officers saw he wasn’t breaking any laws, so they let him go.

“Trying to educate someone by shocking them – that’s just going to build up walls,” explains Chief Hoell. “And people are going to back away from it.”

He suggests next time, try an educational approach. Join a rally or an open carry organization. Or, at the very least, give police a heads up. That way they can tell 911 callers you’re simply exercising your right to open carry.

Polster knows what he’s doing is controversial. Still, he’s going to keep exercising his right to bear arms.