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Pennsylvania Attorney’s General Gun Control Act and Florida Connection

Kathleen Kane, not even in office for a month, has decided to pick on Florida, and pick on us in a way that strikes at our very essence. We here in Florida take great pride in the number of concealed weapons permits our state issues. We were the first state to issue them, and today we lead the nation in concealed weapons permits, reaching the mark of 1 million active permits in December. You see, about 4,000 people who are Pennsylvania residents got their concealed weapons permits from Florida, not from Pennsylvania, where they really live. They’re not doing anything illegal by getting a Florida permit. They’re just taking advantage of something known in Pennsylvania as “the Florida loophole.” Elected officials in Pennsylvania apparently aren’t as eager to please the… […]

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Armed Robbery, Carrying a Concealed Weapon (CCW) and Weapons Charges

Robbery The illegal stealing or taking of another’s property from that person or another by violence or by threat of violence; aggravated larceny. The personal threat of violence and implicit fear on the part of the victim are essential in order to distinguish robbery from burglary. Armed Robbery Robbery committed by a felon carrying a dangerous weapon, whether or not that weapon is actually used or even shown. The crime is tried as any robbery would be in most states, but the weapon serves to bump up the severity of the crime. Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon can be either “constructive” possession or “actual” possession. While there is no mandatory minimum prison sentence for constructive possession, there is a three year… […]

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Illegal Weapons Deal in Pompano Beach Turns Deadly

Illegal Weapons Deal in Pompano Beach Turns Deadly

Undercover police officers put their lives on the line to catch crimes in the act. Law enforcement use police officers to pose as buyers for drugs, weapons, and several other illegal activities. While these methods are often successful, the possibility of entrapment can be an issue. In Pompano Beach, a gun deal involving an undercover deputy went wrong, resulting in the death of the gun dealer. Weapons in Pompano Beach Johnny Wright, 23, of Pompano Beach was under serious investigation from a multi-agency illegal firearms task force operation. This case is an example of how weapons crimes are being watched very carefully by law enforcement throughout South Florida. The illegal gun deal occurred around 4 p.m. in Pompano Beach behind the San Isidro Catholic Church, according to WPTV News. Wright… […]

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Admitting Guilt to Aggravated Assault and Armed Robbery with a Firearm

Many people have been following the case of the death of beloved grocery store owner Jimmy McMillan in Belle Glade. The 19-year-old accused of robbing, shooting, and killing McMillan confessed to his crimes Saturday. After appearing before the Judge briefly he is being held without bond and could possibly be facing the death penalty for aggravated assault with a firearm, armed robbery with a firearm, and first-degree murder with a firearm. Aggravated assault charges can be extremely serious in the state of Florida, particularly if they involve a firearm. Aggravated assault involving pointing a gun at someone can result in a mandatory minimum prison sentence of three years. If the gun is fired, the minimum prison sentence changes to 20 years. If the victim of the aggravated assault with a… […]

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How to Avoid Conviction of Improper Use of Firearms

It is always interesting to see how cases turn out when the defendant is a police officer. These cases are especially interesting when the incident involves a police officer improperly enforcing their power. In the case of a Boynton Beach Police officer, he has been arrested for improperly using a Taser. Again. The case According to an article in WPTV News, 30-year-old David L. Coffey has a history of using a Taser as his weapon of choice. He has been arrested for using a Taser improperly – yet again – this time near a fellow officer. He has been charged with improper exhibition of a dangerous weapon or firearm andculpable negligence. He has been placed on administrative leave with pay, effective immediately, pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation,… […]

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How Your Arrest Could be Thrown Out in Palm Beach County

How Your Arrest Could be Thrown Out in Palm Beach County

If you have been arrested anytime between now and 2008 by a law enforcement officer representing the Ocean Ridge Police Department or the Riviera Beach department, your arrestrecord, citation, or ticket could be thrown out. This new development was sparked when a news investigator learned that a new law passed in 2008 was overlooked by both police departments. The law Palm Beach Post reporter Cynthia Roldan discovered that in 2008 a new law was passed requiring firearms instructors to be certified by the state. However, the Ocean Ridge Police Department and the Riviera Beach Police Department never got the memo – and never got certified. The compounded effect means that police officers who have been issuing citations and conducting arrests for the last few years were uncertified, rendering all arrests… […]

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How People Were Arrested for Celebratory Gunfire on New Year’s

How People Were Arrested for Celebratory Gunfire on New Year’s

As I reported in a previous article, people firing guns for celebration of the New Year should expect to be arrested. According to an article in WPTV News, police arrested five people New Year’s Day for celebratory gunfire. A police officer reported seeing several people firing in the neighborhood. According to arrest reports, he pulled his own weapon and ordered four suspects to the ground. Everett Jermaine Hall, 25, complied with the officer’s order and was charged with misdemeanor firing of a weapon in public. Three other suspects reportedly fled into a nearby house, where officers reported finding several pistols and rifles. Residents of that house, Kevin Donnell Perdue, 23, and Kearshia Bianca Perdue, 21, also were charged with misdemeanor firing a weapon in public. Officers reported that Truman Perdue,… […]

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How Weapons Charges Can Ruin Your Life

How Weapons Charges Can Ruin Your Life

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has been very busy lately as Florida’s rate of illegal weapons possession is on the rise. According to an article in WPTV News, what was supposed to be a routine traffic stop turned into a serious manhunt Tuesday afternoon in Palm Beach County. Deputies attempted to pull over a car traveling at a high rate of speed. The vehicle then crashed and the three men in the car got out and escaped on foot. The men were immediately pursued and deputies found various stolen goods and weapons inside of the vehicle they abandoned. All three suspects have been caught as of Tuesday night and have been taken into custody by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Criminal Defense This crime could result in several… […]

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How A Man Attempted To Carry A Pistol Onto A Plane

How A Man Attempted To Carry A Pistol Onto A Plane

According to WPTV News, a man who attempted to board a plane with a pistol in his fanny pack is in the custody of Metro Dade Police. According to the arresting officer, Juan Manuel Baldoquin was stopped by TSA security Thursday after a screener spotted a pistol in Baldoquin’s fanny pack. Baldoquin told investigators “That is my firearm. I honestly forgot that I was carrying thefirearm.” A records check on the pistol showed it listed as stolen back on March 8, 1996 in West Palm Beach. Baldoquin will be charged with carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a stolen firearm. Weapons Charges Possession of weapons can be a very serious crime. However, the charges may differ: Carrying a concealed weapon Improper exhibition of a weapon Aggravated assault with a… […]

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How Even Juveniles Are Possessing Weapons

According to the Palm Beach Post, two Royal Palm Beach High students were caught skipping school with backpacks containing loaded guns and ammunition. A deputy stopped the two juveniles at the 7-Eleven near Okeechobee Boulevard and State Road 7. They found a loaded black revolver, bullets, and two knives in one backpack, and a loaded 9mm handgun in the other. According to the police report, the teens told deputies that they were gang members and had the guns to protect themselves from other gangs. They also said they had the guns on campus and had just left. Royal Palm Beach Councilman David Swift said the incident has left him with serious questions about safety. Swift was one of the first officials to raise concerns about safety and the image of… […]

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