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Kirchner (photo) and the neighbor have a history of confrontations and the neighbor felt threatened enough to install six home security cameras.

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
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A man who has a & # 39; gun-like hand gesture & # 39; made to a neighbor, committed a crime according to a new court ruling.

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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.

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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 felt & # 39; extremely threatened & # 39; by the gesture and local residents who witnessed the hand gesture called authorities

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.

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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
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Kirchner (photo) received a quote for disorderly conduct, a fine of $ 100 and charged with court fees

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 ;.

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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 ;.

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& # 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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