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Police: Man Threatened Salesman With Handgun

Police said they confiscated a Glock .40-caliber handgun, ammunition and a Taser from the home of Jason Drake Vance, 35.

Anne Arundel County police arrested a Glen Burnie man Friday night after they say he threatened a door-to-door salesman with a handgun.

Jason Drake Vance, 35, of the 400 block of Pine Way Drive was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and possession of an electronic weapon.

According to a police press release, officers responded to the 400 block of Pine Way Drive at about 8:10 p.m. Friday for a report of a man armed with a gun.

Once on the scene, officers spoke with a victim, who said he approached Vance's house attempting to sell newspaper subscriptions. When the victim approached the house, he told police Vance opened the door and waved a handgun at the victim, telling him to leave the property.

The victim ran away and called police. Officers confiscated a Glock .40-caliber handgun, ammunition and a Taser.

John Thomas January 24, 2012 at 04:06 PM
How do you know it was kids ? I dont see that written in the story ? Was the salesperson armed ? A taser is the one that shoots out a wired electrified dart. I am curious if a person can walk thru the mall with a taser on their hip.
Phillip January 24, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Kids/Adult/Salesman, I don't know, whoever the person was. John, you know just as much as the rest of us. Was the salesperson armed? we don't know the article doesn't say. Did the Salesperson give the home owners a hard time or threaten them? we don't know the article doesn't say. Can you carry a taser on your hip in the mall. As far as I know, yes.
kelvin January 25, 2012 at 07:01 AM
No , im sure the salesman was not armed he was only doing his job . Answering ur door with a fire arm is totally UN called for u n I both no this. A firearm is suppose to be locked in a secure place n kept out of reach of children , personally I truly belive ne one that has the desire to answer the door with a fire are should really consider seeking professional help , for the paranoyer. Im sorry this whole thing does sound a bit strange n yes it does sound like there is more to this story , from the home owner side ,just maybe he is in a bit of trouble that he perfers keeping to him self. I ve personally have had plenty of door to door salesman knock on my door and most of them are normally pretty well manored n polite maybe a little pushy , but besides that there just doing there job just like the rest of..I really feel sorry for that salesman n hopefully this sets a lesson for the home owner , there are laws that we all must follow , n none of us are above them..
Phillip January 25, 2012 at 02:59 PM
"A firearm is suppose to be locked in a secure place n kept out of reach of children" The article doesn't say if the man has children, if there are no children then does the firearm still need to be locked up? Personally I believe a firearm does no good if it's in a safe that takes you 20 - 45 seconds to open. Even if you were to call 911 it often takes longer than 20 seconds for the operator to have all of the important details and minutes before the first police officer responds. I've answered my door with a firearm before back in 2004 at 2am. If I did not have my firearm easily available to the guy trying to break into my house things may have ended very differently. Let's just say the guy ran when he saw I was armed (and no, I didn't even need to point it at him). Even during the day, if someone knocks on my door it's not uncommon for me to be armed while opening the door with a firearm or mace. Am I waiving it around, no. We just have two different opinions. Your's appears to be one of the 1950's when it was ok to leave your door unlocked and your keys in the ignition. You appear to have a lot of trust for people. Mine, well, I trust no one that I don't know really well. I'm not suggesting your view of the world is bad, just not the view of the world I have. When I have children I plan on purchasing a bio-metric quick safe where your finger prints unlock the safe, till then, the kitchen table works fine.
Jessica Clair February 06, 2012 at 08:27 PM
This case is thrown out of proportion. I personally know this guys girlfriend. Of course the papers are always good for putting out the "victims" side of the story, but seriously the so called "victims" have records, this guy does not. This guys is an up standing citizen. No there is no small children in the house and the gun was not waved at the salesman. I am not going to say their side here on a public news feed, but this story really makes me not want to believe any type of news that is aired any more seeing how this whole thing was thrown out of context. Thank you Phillip for using your brain and not jumping to conclusions and realizing there is another part of the story. It means a lot!

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