Pennsylvania court decides that making a & # 39; gun-like hand gesture & # 39; is a crime after the man, 64, is convicted
Pennsylvania court rules that "gunlike hand gesture" is a crime after the man, 64, was convicted of making the gesture to a neighbor during a fight
- Stephen Kirchner, 64, was seen at home surveillance and made the hand gesture
- He made the gesture after a fight with a neighbor in June 2018
- The neighbor and others who witnessed it felt & # 39; threatened & # 39; and called the police
- Kirchner was found guilty of disorderly conduct, but appealed the verdict
- The case was reviewed by the Pennsylvania Superior Court, which ruled on Tuesday, August 27, that it was a & # 39; crime & # 39; used to be
- Kirchner was ordered to pay a $ 100 fine and court fees
A man who has a & # 39; gun-like hand gesture & # 39; made to a neighbor, committed a crime according to a new court ruling.
Stephen Kirchner from Lancaster County was caught shooting home surveillance at the time of the June 7, 2018 fight and made the hand gesture to a male neighbor.
Judicial documents say that Kirchner and his girlfriend were walking past the neighbor's house when the incident occurred.
The 64-year-old allegedly, & # 39; stopped, made eye contact with (the neighbor) and then made a hand gesture to him, which imitated the shooting and recoil of a gun. & # 39;
Kirchner can be seen in a video that is shared by WGAL.
Kirchner (photo) and the neighbor have a history of confrontations and the neighbor felt threatened enough to install six home security cameras.
The neighbor felt & # 39; extremely threatened & # 39; by the gesture and local residents who witnessed the hand gesture called authorities
The neighbor reportedly installed six surveillance cameras for home due to ongoing confrontations with Kirchner.
The girlfriend had a & # 39; no contact & # 39; command against the male neighbor at the time of the incident, according to legal documents.
It is not clear what those confrontations were about, or what the argument in this case was about.
But during the incident, the male neighbor felt & # 39; extremely threatened & # 39; by the gesture, just like local residents calling authorities.
A neighbor witnessed the confrontation from her porch and confirmed that Kirchner & # 39; raised his finger as if he would shoot at him & # 39 ;.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled on Tuesday that Kirchner's & # 39; s (photo) hand gesture was a crime
Kirchner (photo) received a quote for disorderly conduct, a fine of $ 100 and charged with court fees
She felt & # 39; unsure & # 39; about the hand gesture and the police called.
Kirchner admitted that he & # 39; gunlike hand gesture & # 39; during the first trial, but said he did this in retaliation for the male neighbor's own hand gesture.
He claimed that the male neighbor & # 39; gave him (both) the finger with both hands & # 39 ;.
Kircher was found guilty and gave a disorderly quote.
The Lancaster County District Attorney Office said in one press release that Kirchner appealed against the judgment.
In the appeal on October 27, 2018, he argued the gesture & # 39;did not cause a dangerous or physically offensive condition, that he did not intend to cause a public alarm, and that essentially no harm was done to the victim or society & # 39 ;.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court reviewed the case, but confirmed the judgment on Tuesday, August 27.
They say Kircher & # 39; created a dangerous condition because it risked a fight & # 39 ;.
& # 39; This act served no legitimate purpose and recklessly risked causing a dangerous altercation & # 39 ;, say court documents.
Kirchner was ordered to pay a $ 100 fine and court fees.
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