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Philly Man Gets $25K From City Over Gun Stops

March 12, 2012

A gun-rights advocate stopped by police for openly carrying a weapon will settle his lawsuit against the city of Philadelphia for $25,000.

Mark Fiorino’s lawyer says the suit wasn’t about money, but about retraining police on open-carry laws.

Fiorino, a 25-year-old IT worker from Lansdale, says he has been stopped three times for wearing a holstered gun on his hip. It’s legal in Pennsylvania if the person has a permit.

Fiorino recorded one profane police encounter and posted it online.

His lawsuit alleges “vindictive prosecution.”

Fiorino told The Associated Press last month that he carries a gun because “bad things happen to good people.”

Lawyer Benjamin Picker says Fiorino accepted the city’s offer last Thursday because the city has been retraining officers. A city spokesman did not immediately return a message.

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