Landlord Plans to Evict 67-Year-Old Resident Because He Owns A Gun

Landlord Plans to Evict 67-Year-Old Resident Because He Owns A Gun

Landlord Plans to Evict 67-Year-Old Resident Because He Owns A Gun

The owner of a Rockland apartment complex and the company that manages it have asked a state judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a 67-year-old tenant who claims his right to own a gun is being violated.

Park Place Associates of Rockland and Stanford Management LLC of Portland acknowledge in their motion to dismiss that they notified tenant Harvey Lembo he was in violation of house rules by having a gun on the premises and that they would initiate the eviction process if he did not comply.

In August, Lembo, who uses a wheelchair, shot and wounded a man he believed had broken into his apartment to steal his prescription medication.

Soon afterward, Lembo received a letter from the apartment management company explaining its policy against guns.

The lawsuit on behalf of Lembo was filed last month in Knox County Unified Court in Rockland, claiming that the property owner and management company were violating his right to possess a gun as stated in both the U.S. and Maine constitutions.

Lembo is being represented in the lawsuit by attorneys Patrick Strawbridge of Boston and David Thompson of Washington, D.C.

Strawbridge said last month that Lembo has received the support of numerous groups, including the National Rifle Association, in his fight to keep a gun in his residence.

 

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