In Florida, Man With Gun Causes Brief Closure At Palm Bay Voting Precinct

Screengrab/TC Palm/YouTube

Though police said the man posed no threat, the incident highlights how tense American politics have become.

A polling location in Palm Bay, Florida was briefly closed Tuesday morning after police were notified of a man sitting in his car with a gun in his lap, according to Florida Today.

> The incident was reported at the Tony Rosa Community Center in the 1500 block of Port Malabar Road, about a mile east of Babcock Street, about 9 a.m., police said. As of 9:40 a.m, the precinct was reopened.


> Officers questioned an 80-year-old man, then placed him in the back of a patrol car for further questioning, Palm Bay Police Lt. Steve Bland said. "We don't have a crime right now. But he was seen by a passerby sitting in his car with the gun in his lap. The gun was not loaded," Bland said.

The man reportedly is known to sit in the parking lot regularly as he waits to visit his wife, who lives nearby in an assisted living facility. Bland noted that he had put the gun away by the time officers arrived and said there didn’t “appear to be any threat.”

More here.