So, right next door to where I work is the social security building in Burlington, Vermont. Every Saturday I park in the empty Federal parking lot instead of in the city lot. All my coworkers do as well. I have been doing this every Saturday for 26 years. I think of it as getting my moneys worth from the Government. Well this evening looking out the windows we all notice some action in the Federal lot. A Department of Homeland security SUV was there for a very long time, then a tow truck showed up. After about an hour or more a Homeland security officer came to the back door and asked to speak with me by name. Very friendly fellow dressed for combat. Had the high boots with the pants cuffs tucked in, The large hand gun in the tactical holster. Even had a protective vest. So I step outside, his idea. Shake his hand and ask "What's Up" He says "Mr. Bora, you have a hand gun in your truck" I say "Yes I do" He tells me I am breaking a federal law. I cannot park in a Federal Parking lot with firearms in my vehicle. I saw "Wow, I have parked there every Saturday for 26 years, and I always have guns in my truck. He says he knows I park there all the time but this is the first time he noticed any guns. I ask if he wants me to move my truck? He says "Yes because that will be less paperwork than the other alternatives" As we walk over to the truck together I ask about the tow truck. He tells me if things had gone down differently he needed to be prepared to remove my truck. "Differently" I ask? He tells me after he ran my plates and found out I had no wants or warrants he made the decision to speak to me first. "How did you know where I worked" I asked. Because I did not know from a simple license plate check you could get place of employment. I knew name and address and check for being a law breaker, but place of employment, HUH! Apparently he ran my hole life story, from the front seat of the SUV. Amazing, and more amazing was that he was there flash light in hand checking every vehicle parked in every Federal lot every evening. Just in case. I wonder, if the fellow had not been such a nice guy, asked about the dog boxes. Said he does a little duck hunting. If he hadn't been so willing to just have me drive the truck about 100 yards. What is the penalty for parking in a Federal lot with multiple firearms in your vehicle? Any Federal Prosecutors here on RTF? An odd day at work for sure.
Federal Law Breaker!