This is the account of the night that I gave to my attorney, Wayne Anthony Ross explaining how two of my handguns were unjustly taken from me while falsely charging me with Misconduct Involving Weapons In The 5th Degree. I apologize in advance for the length of the story
I was driving down new Seward at a relatively high rate of speed and ended up passing a police officer just before the Tudor overpass. I saw the lights about 5 seconds after that and began looking for a place to pull over. I ended up turning right onto 36th ave then made the first right into a neighborhood and waited for the officer. She then approached my vehicle until she was even with my backseat window. I interrupted her to inform her that I had Firearms in the vehicle. I followed with telling her that there were two handguns, one under each front seat and that they were both in condition one. I also informed her that there were multiple long guns in the trunk as I had just returned from hunting. She took my insurance card that I had retrieved before she got to the car. I then asked her if i could get my Drivers license out and she said to keep my hands on the wheel and to just give her my license number. I proceed to do so and at this point there was a second officer on the scene. Once he had arrived it was asked that I step out of the car so I did. She took me to the front of my car, searched me thoroughly, then had me wait for my passengers to be searched. At this point two more units responded and were watching us. After my passengers were searched as well they had us stand up against a wall about 10 feet off the road and wait. We stood there for roughly ten minutes waiting all the while being asked if any of us had been to jail before. One of the other officers began questioning both of my passengers at which point she took me to sit in the back of her car. I waited there for a good half hour. They questioned both of my passengers and then I saw an officer put both of my handguns in the back of a squad car. She then returned to her car and that’s when I asked her why they were putting my guns in the back of their car. She informed me that they were confiscating them. I asked why and she said I was being charged with Misconduct Involving a Weapon in the 5th degree because it was concealed. I then replied saying that I would have to have been carrying concealed in order to have broken the law. She told me that it was illegal to posses a handgun until 21. I then said that you could own one legally if it had been passed down to you by a family member and that both of mine were passed down to me by my grandfather and that I had been told this by several APD and AST officers that this was the case. She said that as far as the municipality goes you must be 21 to possess a handgun. After this argument she had me get out of her squad car and gave me the paperwork for obedience to traffic control device and Misconduct Involving Weapons-Concealed under 21. They made sure I had my driver's license and then the officers left.
Both of these handguns were under the front seats in latching compartments. I decided to pay $1,000 to W.A.R. Because I wanted the best representation for criminal defense involving weapons in the state. The first person I thought of was him considering he is on the executive board of directors for the NRA. I just wanted to share this extremely negative experience where I was telling the officer what the law was and then she goes and says as far as the Municipality goes its considered concealed... But follow by charging me with a state Statute. Thank you all for looking and share this story with your friends.