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.

Phillip January 23, 2012 at 05:52 PM
So let me understand what happened, maybe I'm missing some details. Random stranger comes to a guys front door. Guy grabs his handgun because in the last 6 months there are been numerous Thefts, Burglary's, Assaults, and Arrests ( http://spotcrime.com/#400%20pine%20way%20drive%20glen%20burnie ). We have no clue based on what was written if the man has a 'No Trespassing' sign or 'No Soliciting' in his yard, but people automatically think "Evil, man has a gun, run for the hills". Just looking at the crime that's been going on in that area I don't blame him for preparing for the worst. For all we know that newspaper sales man was just knocking on doors to see if people were home and if not he wants to break in. Tazers (most types anyway) and Guns (Unless you are a previously convicted felon) are not illegal to own last time I checked. Looking at Maryland Case Search Jason Vance appears to be like the average person. Seat belt violation, speeding ticket, and now.. Assault. There must be more to this story. Like it or not, in the State of Maryland you are allowed to carry a handgun on your hip or hidden in your jacket while you are on your own property. Obviously if this guy was aiming the gun at the salesman and the salesman was not doing anything threatening AND Jason failed to post No Trespassing and No Soliciting signs he might not need to own a firearm.
John Thomas January 23, 2012 at 08:15 PM
need clarification : so if he would have posted no trespassing signs then it would have been legal for him to aim the gun at the salesman while the salesman was not doing anything threatening ?
Phillip January 23, 2012 at 09:11 PM
If he had a no trespassing sign he could have simply called the police and the people selling the newspaper could have been locked up. If that would have been the case he might be able to show some compassion by not persecuting. With the crime that has been happening on is street, I have no objections with him answering his door while holding or carrying a firearm. I do no agree with aiming the firearm at any person unless your life in in danger. There has got to be more to this story.
joe schmoe January 23, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Or did he simply motion with the weapon as a sweep of the hand and "move along"? Or is it typical Maryland reaction to anything with a weapon? It seems that first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and possession of an electronic weapon is throw the book, the whole book, and nothing but the book at the homeowner. I wonder if we'll ever get the whole truth on this story.
John Thomas January 23, 2012 at 10:55 PM
is it legal for people to wear tasers on their hip in public ?
K Nicole January 24, 2012 at 01:59 PM
I have known Jason my entire life, and he is one of the most caring good hearted people you could ever meet. He works every day, then goes home to his family. There is no way I could ever believe he would just pull a gun on someone for no reason. Obviously there is only one side of the story being told here.
Max January 24, 2012 at 02:53 PM
I've worked with Jason for the last 8 years and I've never known of him to be a violent person. Jason is a very dedicated family man and values his job to much for accustions as this. I can't believe that Jason pulled a gun on any one. Their has to be more to this than what meets the eye.
John Thomas January 24, 2012 at 03:16 PM
My question is : how did the salesman know that Jason had a gun ? Was the gun displayed to him ? How and why did a gun even enter this whole story ?
Phillip January 24, 2012 at 03:54 PM
John, we agree, there is more to this story. "Why did a gun even enter this whole story?" because the kids called 911 and told the police the guy had a gun. Taser's from what I can tell are completely legal to own and carry in the state of Maryland. Stun Guns are not legal in a large portion of Maryland. I'm not 100% sure what the difference is but I think a 'stun gun' fires at someone where a taser is something you have to push up against a person. Here is a good link to use as a reference: http://handgunlaw.us/states/maryland.pdf Thus if a taser is legal then you can carry. There is a company in Anne Arundel County that does sell tasers. And it is legal to carry on your property: http://mlis.state.md.us/asp/web_statutes.asp?gcr&4-203 (b) This section does not prohibit: (6) the wearing, carrying, or transporting of a handgun by a person on real estate that the person owns or leases or where the person resides or within the confines of a business establishment that the person owns or leases; That also means if I own a business (for the most part, probably excludes owning a bar) I can carry within the confines of my business. Either way, there is more to this story and I hope we get a follow up on it.
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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