KGMI News Reporting
By Karen Taylor
BELLINGHAM, Wash. – A local gun rights activist is reacting to the settlement of his civil rights lawsuit against the City of Bellingham.
The Bellingham Police Department has agreed to pay out $15,000 to retired Army Sergeant John Lagaie and provide additional training for its officers.
Lagaie says he never had much of a problem with open-carrying his nine-millimeter pistol until December 2011, when Officer Allen Bass confronted him claiming he could not legally carry a gun in a public park and ultimately pointed his service weapon at him.
Lagaie says two others people before him had similar run-ins with Bellingham Police over open-carrying their guns, but it took his lawsuit to get the city to make real changes.
He has worked with police leadership for several months devising a new training bulletin and says he is pleased with the changes the department has made.