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Maine man’s ‘gun’ turns out to be tattoo


NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine — Law enforcement armed with assault rifles descended on a man’s home after members of a tree-removal crew he told to clear off his property reported that he had a gun.

Turns out the “gun” the workers saw on Michael Smith was a life-sized tattoo of a handgun on his belly.

Smith, who works nights, was asleep when the tree crew contracted by a utility to trim branches near power lines, woke him up at about 10 a.m. Tuesday.

He went outside shirtless and yelled at the workers to leave.

When Smith is not wearing a shirt, the tattoo looks like a gun tucked into his waistband.

Smith told the Morning Sentinel the tattoo has never been a problem before.

Authorities said he won’t be charged.

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