Libel or free speech? Woman posts sign ‘outing’ neighbor for owning a gun

Matthew Halleck Kimberly Edson
Matthew Halleck, left, feuds with Kimberly Edson, right.

Some anti-gun activists are worried about the safety of everyone but gun owners.

Just ask Matthew Halleck.

Halleck, of Olmsted County, Minn., takes his two daughters to and from Harriet Bishop Elementary in Rochester every day, reported ABC News 6. Their safety, he says, is his No 1 concern.

As part of keeping them safe, Halleck carries a concealed firearm with a legal permit.

“I’m going to protect my children any way I can,” Halleck told News 6. This quote doesn’t make much sense by itself. I know what he means, or think I know what he means, but it’s not crystal clear. It doesn’t have to be there.

Unfortunately for Halleck, one nosy neighbor, Kimberly Edson, decided it was her duty to un-conceal the weapon by placing a sign with Matthew’s picture on it across the street from the school. It reads: “This man carries a loaded gun around your children every day.”

“Since we don’t have a way to stop him, we felt it was important to notify the neighborhood and the parents that there is an armed man in their presence,” she told News 6. “The first couple days of school he had it very visible, we saw it and were quite concerned.”

Edson notified the police of Halleck’s weapon and was informed he is within his legal rights to carry it as long as he’s not on school property.

Halleck also called the police concerning Edson’s sign, which was briefly removed before being allowed back.

“He has a Second Amendment right to carry the gun, I have my First Amendment right to say that I don’t like it,” she said.

While both contend they are acting in the best interest of the kids and community the fight is far from over. Edson told News 6 she is planning on posting more signs to express her anti-gun sentiment and Halleck said he is considering a libel lawsuit against Edson.


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