Change brandishing a firearm to intimidate minors from a MISDEMEANOR TO A FELONY!

Change brandishing a firearm to intimidate minors from a MISDEMEANOR TO A FELONY!

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sophia lane started this petition to Governor Ralph S. Northam and

On March 23rd of 2021 my sons (ages 12&10) were playing basketball at their friends house. The friends neighbor (Michael Gassett) came out yelling at the children telling them to get away from his property. The children said ok and continued to play. Mr. Gassett went back into the house and loaded a pistol in front of the window while staring at the children. Mr. Gassett then proceeds to walk outside to his car while on the  phone. He retrieved a shotgun from the front seat of his vehicle and says, “ ONE OF THESE CHILDREN AREN’T GOING HOME TONIGHT!” while swinging the gun back and forth. The children were so scared that they ran behind a car across the street and called law enforcement.

Sargent Riley of Virginia Beach police department determined Mr. Gassett shall be given a summons and not detained. When I spoke to Sargent Riley he was very rude and condescending. Instead of reassuring the victims, he made me feel like my childrens safety is not important to him by saying, “ What’s the difference if I give him a summons to go to court or if Mr. Gassett goes to jail and gets out the next day and still has to go to court?”. I was not satisfied with his response so I then spoke with the  Lieutenant. He told me they are just doing their job and following the law. He said, “ If you want to change the law then talk to the people who make the laws.” So that is what I am doing.

Mr. Gassett was given a summons for  brandishing a firearm. I currently have a protective order on him and an active court case.

I am writing this petition because, I believe intimidating minors with a firearm should be a felony. Not a charge of brandishing a firearm being only a misdemeanor charge, ESPECIALLY with the gun violence in America. 

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