I want opinions on something I saw on Discovery Channel recently and has been on my mind(maybe some of you saw it as well). I forget the show, but a group of US marhsalls were in Miami, DC, and New Orleans. In Miami they were searching an apartment complex for drugs and guns that are used by local gang members. I believe they had a few prime suspects they wanted to apprehend too.
So here's what happened. They stop a man who has a .40 Taurus on him. He has a CCW and had the gun concealed. They ask him some questions and ask if they might be able to check his vehicle out as well. He agrees and gives them the keys. In his trunk, behind a large speaker box, they find an AK-47 which is unloaded and there is a single fully loaded magazine in there too. Now, I know the law says "securely encased" for firearms you keep in the car. I'm assuming the law he broke was keeping it outside of any case or box? They arrested him but they did not mention the charges.
Not that it concerns me much but at first glance I said he had a permit so why did they go so far anyway? Obviously the mistake was allowing the search, but he did not have it encased. It was a bad area, high drug traffic, gang activity, lots of gang related violence etc.
Now I'm wondering how many gang members and persons of questionable character get CCW permits to have an easier time of carrying a loaded weapon around, thus harming the image of other CCW holders when they are caught in criminal activities.
The memorable line? "That's the cop killer gun" (referring to the AK-47). I laughed, as far as I know any gun could potentially kill a person. I know the AK gets a bad rep from the various gangs etc. Legally though, I can own one if I choose to and it wouldn't be any more or less deadly to LEOs than my .22lr since I wouldn't use it in that way.
Anyhow, it's something I saw that made me feel weird. I didn't know whether they did a good job, or were giving someone a hard time because he decided to carry. I obviously don't have all the info about the person in question, whether or not he had any affiliation with gangs etc.