Gun Tattoo Guy Busted With Real Thing

Michael Smith went to deputy's house with Glock in waistband
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 16, 2014 1:16 AM CDT
Michael Smith, left, bearing a realistic-looking tattoo of a handgun on his stomach, stands beside a Somerset County Sheriff deputy outside his home in Norridgewock, Maine.    (AP Photo/Morning Sentinel, David Leaming, File)

(Newser) – Guns in waistbands appear to be a recurring theme in the life of Michael Smith of Maine. Just a few months after the realistic tattoo of a holstered gun on his waist caused state troopers to descend upon his house, the 41-year-old has been arrested with a real gun tucked into his waistband. The Norridgewock man was taken into custody after he turned up at a deputy's house drunk, armed, and crying, according to the Morning Sentinel. Smith told police he had a fight with his ex-girlfriend and had stolen prescription narcotics from her, authorities said.

Smith was charged with stealing drugs and his gun was confiscated. Police say he was carrying a .40-caliber Glock but he won't face gun charges because Maine is an open-carry state and his weapon was visible, the AP reports. He made headlines in March when tree-service workers he shouted at when shirtless mistook his tattoo for the real thing. When officers arrived and asked if he had any weapons, Smith told them, "Yeah, I got this gun on me all the time. It's tattooed on."

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