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Margolis' court case on RTM gun incident continued again

Updated 1:34 pm, Wednesday, February 20, 2013
  • The case of Estelle Margolis, the Westport woman who brought a BB gun and ammunition to a Jan. 8 Representative Town Meeting session, has been continued to March 27. Margolis is also a prominent local anti-war activist. Photo: Meg Barone / Westport News freelance
    The case of Estelle Margolis, the Westport woman who brought a BB gun and ammunition to a Jan. 8 Representative Town Meeting session, has been continued to March 27. Margolis is also a prominent local anti-war activist. Photo: Meg Barone

 

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The case of Estelle Margolis, the 86-year-old Westport woman who brought a BB rifle and ammunition to a Representative Town Meeting on gun control last month, has been continued to March 27, with no decision made during her latest court appearance Wednesday in Norwalk Superior Court.

The State's Attorney's office in the meantime will conduct an inquiry into Margolis' case, so a "suitable disposition" of the matter can be reached, according to Margolis' lawyer, Neal Rogan.

Margolis did not provide any testimony during Wednesday's court appearance and did not comment on the case after she left the courthouse.

Margolis, known in Westport for her decades of anti-war activism, brought the firearm, a box of .45-caliber bullets and a box of BB pellets to a Jan. 8 RTM meeting. The legislative body was debating a citizens' petition calling for support of a national ban on assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines, as well as an end to "gun show loopholes."

She pleaded not guilty Jan. 18 to a second-degree breach-of-peace charge in connection with the incident.

Margolis planned to bring the gun and ammunition to the podium during a public-comment portion of the RTM session to highlight her argument that firearms -- which she said she purchased earlier that day at Walmart -- are too easily available, according to a letter she wrote to the Progressive Democrats of America website.

The rifle was spotted by two RTM members and she was escorted from Town Hall by police without incident before she had a chance to speak on the gun-control petition. RTM members voted that night by a wide margin to support the petition.

Margolis has been an advocate for civil-rights and anti-war causes for decades. She and her late husband, Emanuel Margolis, a civil-liberties lawyer, organized regular peace vigils at the Post Road bridge in downtown Westport, a tradition that continues today with weekly Saturday protests.

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