Police have confiscated a semi-automatic handgun from a western New York radio host found searching his yard with a loaded gun for operatives of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. WBEN talk show host Tom Bauerle called 911 to report that someone was spying on him, and officers arrived to find him so paranoid that they had to whack a tree in his yard with a nightstick to prove that it wasn't a person, reports the Buffalo News.
Bauerle, who consented to a psychiatric evaluation but refused to hand over his other weapons to police, agreed to give them to his attorney instead, the New York Daily News reports. On his show, Bauerle has criticized Cuomo for sponsoring new gun control laws and accused the governor of seeking revenge. "Do not underestimate the venom of Andrew Cuomo and his minions," he said late last month. "He will attempt to destroy anyone who gets in his way." Police sources say they have been to Bauerle's house several other times in recent weeks, responding to calls from worried neighbors and Bauerle himself. (Read more Tom Bauerle stories.)