On the first day of the new Georgia Safe Carry Protection Act, a misunderstanding between two armed men in a convenience store Tuesday led to a drawn firearm and a man’s arrest.
“Essentially, it involved one customer with a gun on his hip when a second customer entered with a gun on his hip,” said Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress.
At approximately 3 p.m. Tuesday, police responded to a call regarding a customer dispute at the Enmark on the corner of Park Avenue and North Lee Street.
A man carrying a holstered firearm entered the store to make a purchase. Another customer, also with a holstered firearm, approached him and demanded to see his identification and firearms license, according to the Valdosta Police Department report.
The customer making demands for ID pulled his firearm from its holster but never pointed it at the other customer, who said he was not obligated to show any permits or identification.
He demanded the man’s ID again. Undeterred by the drawn gun, the man paid for his items, left the store and called for police.
Authorities arrested Ronald Williams, 62, on a charge of disorderly conduct, related to the pulling of a weapon inside of the store, according to the VPD. Police confiscated Williams’ weapon and took him to the Lowndes County Jail.
There wasn't any mention of alcohol being involved so that makes this situation even creepier. You'd think that two men who obviously support the new gun regs would smile at each other after checking out their firearms, but not in this case. That is a clear signal of the mayhem that is going to ensue. There are many gun freaks who are just itching for an OK Corral shoot out. You can understand why the police were horribly against this law.
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The police chief said no one can demand a person to show their gun permit. Under the new law, he as police chief and his officers cannot demand to see a firearms permit, Childress said.
“This is an example of my concern with the new gun law that people will take the law into their own hands which we will not tolerate,” Childress said.
Apparently, the police report doesn’t indicate whether the store clerk required a change of underwear afterwards.
I bet it won't be long before one man carrying a side arm happens to looks in the direction of of a lady who's accompanied by another man carrying a side arm.
"What are you looking at, boy?
"I was just minding my own business."
"Were you now. I think you were looking at my lady. Why don't you step aside and we'll settle this like men."
"I got nine notches on my holster, I'd love to make it ten."
That's about right.