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Old September 17, 2013, 03:01 PM   #3
MLeake
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Join Date: November 15, 2007
Location: Outside KC, MO
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I have often wondered why assault charges are not pressed more often, with online and TV pranksters alike. As Bullcamp points out, scaring people with what they perceive to be a weapon constitutes assault, menacing, or similar in several of the states I have called home over the years.

Assuming I did not realize such an incident were a prank, the hoaxter could find himself in situations ranging from sprawled out on the ground, with sore parts and a missing "weapon," to staring down a muzzle, to (worst case) sporting spiffy new gunshot wounds.

I might even feel sort of bad about it, afterwards.

Hopefully, nobody ever tries such a thing; hopefully, if they do, I realize it in time.
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