Gregory D. Girard, 45, was arrested Tuesday night for allegedly storing several tear gas grenades and explosive pepper ball projectiles. He was also charged with the illegal possession of four police batons.
Just before 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Manchester-by-the Sea police executed a search warrant at 23 Bridge St., police said in a statement. Girard faces four counts of possession of an infernal device and four counts of possession of a dangerous weapon. Additional charges are pending, police said.Charged with "four counts of possession of an infernal device..." Wow! I wonder if the "device" in question was an Iron Maiden, as medieval torture devices were often referred to as "infernal devices."
Well, be that as it may, note also that this miscreant was also charged with illegal possession of four police batons." Police batons...aka sticks?
There are 3 important points to taken from this debacle:
1) Know the laws of your community! If it's illegal to possess a PR-24 or collapsable baton, tear gas or pepper gas cartridges, then DON'T POSSESS THEM! Especially when there are perfectly legal civilian alternatives.
2) If you're going to be a writer for even a dead-tree helpless pitiful giant like the Boston Globe, consider getting a dictionary, which will tell you that "infernal" is not a synonym for "incendiary."
3) You might as well get more guns and ammo, as anything more than 1 gun and 10 rounds of ammo is a "cache" and an arsenal.