A Long Island man was arrested yesterday after firing an AK-47-style rifle in the air in an attempt to get a group of men off of his damn lawn. George Grier, 31, fired the shots on Sunday night while arguing with a group of Hispanic men on the lawn of his Uniondale home. No one was injured, but Grier was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.

Grier says the group of men gathered on his lawn and approached him after two of them began fighting. He claims he was attempting to protect his family from the group of about 20 who were "swarming" the property, and had purchased the gun previously for self-defense. His lawyer, Jordan Stern, told the Daily News, "He's a very mild mannered young man. I would never expect anything violent from him." Grier was released on $10,000 bail, and faces up to seven years in prison.