While many people in Michigan who own firearms are responsible gun owners, when guns are involved in a crime -- or are the subject of a crime -- punishment is serious. A man from Haslett, Michigan, may find that out the hard way as he was arrested recently after he brought an unregistered gun into a store in Lansing.
The man was charged with two felonies, including carrying a concealed weapon and carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent, and two misdemeanors including marijuana possession.
The 21-year-old man drew attention to himself when he was allegedly seen by store security personnel kneeling to the ground in the parking lot and loading a handgun. At that point, the store security staff called police. The security officers continued to watch the man allegedly conceal the gun and enter the store.
They continued following the man at a safe distance until Lansing police could arrive. Police confronted the man and found the allegedly unregistered semiautomatic handgun on his person. At no time did the man threaten anyone, police say, though they contend he did not initially follow their verbal commands.
The Haslett man gave no explanation for his behavior and investigators say they do not know what his motivation for allegedly carrying a loaded gun into a busy store was. The man's bond was initially set at $15,000.
Weapons crimes are not treated lightly in Michigan. Anyone facing charges involving weapons, particularly unregistered guns, will have an uphill battle to maintain their innocence. It is imperative that anyone facing such charges retain an experienced defense attorney who can protect their interests and present a solid defense.
Source: mlive.com, "Haslett man arraigned on four charges after alleged illegal carry of semi-automatic handgun at south Lansing Meijer," Brandon Howell, April 16, 2012