UPDATED: Oath keeper Volunteers Thumb Nose at Ferguson PD:
Volunteer groups appear in Ferguson, to do what the Mayor and Governor could not, or would not do – provide protection to law-abiding citizens, and those volunteers are threatened by the police. Under the guise that they are providing security without proper business permits… . .
– No payment is exchanged, and any services are voluntary,
– Open carry is not unlawful in Missouri…. .
Then a good guy with a gun is a deterrent anywhere.
Yes, the issue can be more complex than the analysis above – just get a buncha lawyers involved – but the Ferguson PD’s rationale itself is flawed. It’s none of their business if shop-keepers want to have others maintain a lawful presence in or around their property, or for that matter, if property owners wanted to do it themselves.
Though, if I were a business owner in that situation, I would contract with any security if I could. With an established company that that has insurance. That have employees that are vetted and checked out. Cases have been made for vicarious liability from the acts of trustees or volunteers… . Damn lawyers.