Joseph Sean McVey, 23, of Coshocton, Ohio, sparked alarm when he was collared Sunday at the airport in Asheville, N.C.
McVey, who was wearing a pistol, was observed in a public lot in a car with Ohio plates that had radio antennas, lights and sirens like a police cruiser.
He was listening to a police radio scanner using an earpiece, and told cops he'd heard Obama was in town.
In a cupholder, police found instructions for using a rifle scope, police said.
But a U.S. official told the Daily News that McVey is just a law enforcement buff, and is not considered a threat to the President. Though local authorities held McVey overnight, he was expected to be released soon.
He was "just a law enforcement buff." Isn't that the funniest thing you've ever heard of? It reminds me of those Civil War buffs and those Revolutionary War buffs we talk about from time to time. They're supposed to be harmless too. Somehow, I'd put this McVey character in another category. What do you think?
Opinione brought up an interestion question. How could driving over from Ohio with a gun, impersonating a policeman, setting in motion a national panic all end up as a misdemeanor?
What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.