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Armed man goes to Manchester Airport “to spread the message of liberty”

MANCHESTER – On Thursday morning, the liberty activists at FreeKeene.com blasted out an email alerting media to an armed man roaming through Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

The armed man, Liberty Carrots, stood in the airport terminal, carrying a Mosin-Nagant bolt-action rifle and handing out newspapers critical of the TSA. ...

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MANCHESTER – On Thursday morning, the liberty activists at FreeKeene.com blasted out an email alerting media to an armed man roaming through Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

The armed man, Liberty Carrots, stood in the airport terminal, carrying a Mosin-Nagant bolt-action rifle and handing out newspapers critical of the TSA.

“Most people were really receptive,” said Carrots, a member of the Free State Project. “People were laughing and stuff. It wasn’t alarming.”

Carrots said police followed him throughout the airport as he wandered from terminal to terminal looking for folks willing to hear his message.

“I walked the whole airport,” Carrots said. “I went everywhere you can go.”

Carrots said he was immediately approached by security personnel at the airport and given a few ground rules. Carrots said authorities told him he could remain in the airport as long as he did not disrupt the flow of foot traffic through the terminals.

Carrots said he began debating with the guard, who he believed was trying to limit his Constitutional rights.

“He said, ‘it’s not up for conversation,’ ” Carrots said.

Carrots said he only went to the airport armed to “spread the message of liberty” and normalize the sight of an armed man in an airport with passers-by.

“There’s nothing wrong exercising your rights,” Carrots said.

Thursday’s demonstration isn’t the first time members of the Free State Project have protested at the airport. In 2012, two Keene protestors stripped down to their underwear in the airport as they protested TSA strip searches.

Bradford Randall can be reached at 594-6557 or brandall@nashua
telegraph.com. Also, follow Randall on Twitter (@telegraph_bradr).