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Apartment Dweller Receives Eviction Threat for Using Gun to Shoot Burglar

Just one day after purchasing a gun to defend himself, Harvey Lembo, 67, ended up using it against an intruder.

The retired Maine lobsterman says he armed himself with a 1943 Russian-made revolver on Aug. 31 after five burglaries in six years happened at his Rockland apartment complex. The next day, Lembo shot and wounded a man he believed had broken into his apartment to steal prescription medication he uses for chronic pain.

Yet, shortly after the shooting, Lembo received a letter from his landlord stating that his pistol violated house rules and eviction proceedings could be initiated. Lembo is now fighting back with a lawsuit.

Lembo accuses his landlord, Park Place Associates of Rockland, of violating his right to own a gun. In addition, he is suing the management company. Lembo wouldn't say where he bought the gun, and it is unclear whether the gun is licensed or not.

Earlier this week, lawyers for Park Place and the management company asked a state judge to throw out the case. The lawyers argued that simple notification to Lembo that he could face an eviction if he did not follow house rules was insufficient to trigger the protection under the Second Amendment.

Although, NRA Maine State Liaison John Hohenwarter said “Threatening to evict Mr. Lembo for defending himself clearly violates his constitutional rights. Self-defense is a fundamental, God-given right that belongs to every law-abiding American — no matter their tax bracket, zip code or street address. Furthermore, Article 1 Section 16 of the Maine Constitution echoes this sentiment by stating: ‘Every citizen has a right to keep and bear arms and this right shall never be questioned.’”

Lembo used the gun to shoot Christopher Wildhaber, 46, of Rockland. Wildhaber was shot in the shoulder. Police caught Wildhaber in the nearby woods. Last week, a grand jury indicted Wildhaber on charges of burglary, theft of medication, attempted theft and three counts of refusing to submit to arrest. Knox is being held at Knox County Jail.

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