2011-05-05 / Local & State

Pa. Lawmaker Displayed Gun On I-78

HAMBURG, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania state senator insists he did nothing wrong before receiving a citation for allegedly displaying a gun while driving on Interstate 78 in Berks County last month.

Sen. Bob Mensch, R-Montgomery, was cited with summary disorderly conduct on March 9 in connection with an incident first reported by The Morning Call of Allentown.

State police said troopers pulled over Mensch after a passing motorist reported spotting him with a black handgun in his right hand.

Mensch, 65, of Pennsburg, described it as a road-rage incident on the part of the other motorist, who was not identified in the state police news release. He said the other man was the aggressor.

“Let’s just say that he made some gestures on the highway,” Mensch said in a phone interview Thursday. “He followed me. I had to get gas and he followed me into the gas station.”

Police say Mensch did not point the weapon at the motorist.

Mensch said he has had a concealed weapons carrying license for 30 years. He said he had a .22 handgun in the glove compartment and a .40-caliber handgun inside a box.

“It was in the box until I retrieved it after he continued his behavior,” Mensch said.

Mensch said police told him that the other motorist called them, leading to the citation. Mensch is scheduled to appear in district court on May 9.

Mensch joined the state House in 2007 before winning a special election to the Senate in October.

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