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Man Collared for Carrying a Loaded Concealed Weapon

The suspect received the gun as stolen property, police say.

Some trouble went down Sunday night at North Peachtree Place Apartments on the city's east side.

It started with a Dunwoody Police officer checking a suspicious male who was walking through the apartment complex.

The male tried to flee, but the officer grabbed him as he ran off, police say.

Turns out the man - unidentified by police - had a loaded gun in his waistband. He was suspected of carrying a concealed weapon.

The handgun, as it turned out, was determined to be stolen out of Decatur. That put another charge on the man for receiving stolen property, police say.

 

Rob October 15, 2012 at 12:48 PM
DPD did a good job on this one, I carry myself and have a concealed permit from a Dekalb judge that gives me the right. I got out at a local grocery recently to buy some items. My 357. snub was on my side and I grabbed a sweat shirt to pull over it so no one could see it in the store. As I began walking to the store, I noticed two women staring at me while talking on their cell phones, I thought: These "Dunwoodyites" did not go and call 911? Sure enough, a few minutes later I see patrol cars coming from both sides of the shopping center looking for someone. I called 911 and told Chatcomm that I believed they had some officers looking for me and that I would wait to speak with them with my PERMIT IN HAND. I waived them down and handed the first officer the permit and then lifted my sweat shirt. The first thing he said was: Why are you carrying a concealed weapon? I said, because Dekalb county says I can! He promptly left.... Now if I am in Kennesaw, where everyone is required to own a weapon, and by the way crime has gone down because of it, you can walk in any store with it exposed and no one pays you any attention.
Matt Podowitz October 15, 2012 at 02:49 PM
This was a good catch by DPD. However, Jason -- you have a tendency to insinuate in articles involving an individual being seen or found with a firearm that the mere possession of a firearm (concealed or not, loaded or not) is a crime. This simply is not the case, nor does the mere possession of a firearm constitute reasonable articulable suspicion of a crime or probable cause for detention or arrest. Individuals who are not ineligible to possess a firearm under Federal or Georgia law (such as convicted felons, individuals convicted of certain misdemeanor drug or domestic violence crimes and individuals who have been committed to mental health institutions at any point) may have a loaded handgun on their person at home or their place of business or in their motor vehicle without a Georgia Weapons Carry License (GWCL). Individuals who hold a GWCL, active duty military, and law enforcement officers may have a loaded handgun on their person in any location not prohibited specifically by state law. Permitted locations include on the street, in parks, in others' places of business, and many others. If you would like a layman's overview of current Georgia firearms law, please visit www.georgiapacking.org and click on the Gun Laws button at the top of the page. If you would like to speak with an attorney to get a more detailed understanding, I would be happy to introduce you to several well-qualified ones who would be happy to speak with you.
Jason Massad October 15, 2012 at 05:41 PM
I find what you write very interesting and seemingly well informed. The fact the gun was stolen would in fact make it a crime in this case. I will read your link, however, Thanks for the response.
Matt Podowitz October 15, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Jason, thank you for your response. I have no affiliation with the website providing the information at the link other than as a visitor, rather, I believe it to be credible and recommended it as being of potential interest to you. As for the arrest discussed in your article (and at risk of sounding pedantic), I will gently point out that the fact an individual carrying a concealed weapon was not in itself a crime. Rather, the acts of carrying a concealed weapon without a valid Georgia Weapons Carry License, possession of a firearm by an ineligible individual (if this was in fact the case) and possession of stolen property were crimes. Thank you again for your response and for considering the information I conveyed previously.

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