Franklin police arrest man at motel after finding assault rifle

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 3:59pm
Staff reports
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A report of suspicious activity at a Franklin motel last week led police there to arrest a man on drug charges and gun charges involving an assault rifle.

According to a statement released Monday, Franklin police arrested 21-year-old Robert N. Wilson at a motel at 1307 Murfreesboro Road in Franklin around 1 a.m. last Wednesday, after officers responding to the suspicious activity tip said they spotted an AK-47-style assault rifle in the room while talking with the four occupants.

A subsequent search of the room turned up a loaded pistol, as well as marijuana and digital scales, police said.

Wilson, of 246 Wisteria Drive, is free on a $25,000 bond after police charged him with possession of a drug for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm.

He is due in court on Dec. 9. 

7 Comments on this post:

By: imdyinhere on 11/30/10 at 7:36

Is this one of Elvis' grandchildren?

By: neverender on 11/30/10 at 7:53

since when did selling weed get so serious that you need a loaded pistol and an AK-47?

By: HokeyPokey on 11/30/10 at 8:03

I hope he gets out in time for the NRA convention in Nashville!

By: xhexx on 11/30/10 at 12:18

There's so much wrong with this article. Unless it was a select-fire weapon, the headline should have read " Man arrested after being found with drugs". Unless he was already a felon, there was nothing illegal about owning an AK-47 looking rifle. A rifle needs to be select-fire to be accurately referred to as an "assault rifle".

By: cval on 11/30/10 at 1:00

CVal-I agree with xhexx. The title is totally misleading and irresponsible. I think from past articles regarding weaponry that The City Paper writers are completely ignorant of them and are too lazy or reckless to do proper research to get their story correct. If the rifle in question had a selector switch that allows the shooter to select a fully automatic mode, then it is an illegal assault rifle. However, these types of weapons are not available on the open market in the USA. An AK- appearing rifle sold in America is a semi-automatic rifle and is very legal to own and use. Some hunters use them. If the young man with "Elvis eyes" is a felon, then it is illegal for him to possess any type of firearm and the use of "assault rifle" is then incorrect. If however, the weaponry was seized simply because of illegal drugs being found in the man's possession, having the rifle is a violation of the law because of the drugs and not as an assault rifle. At any rate, the article is incomplete and irresponsible as it stands. There are too many questions left unanswered. I don't blame the law enforcers since they are just answering the reporter's questions. It is not a cop's fault if the reporter doesn't know enough to ask the correct questions. But, then again, maybe there is an agenda to intentionally scare people into thinking any young drug dealer can go out and buy an assault rifle. That would be false and unethical, but, maybe...........

By: Brenton12 on 11/5/12 at 2:19

That man may b a against the law police do their job very trickily and trapped the criminal after finding the assault rifle there are various criminals our police should also caught those criminals.

By: Brenton12 on 11/5/12 at 2:20

That man may b a against the law police do their job very trickily and trapped the criminal after finding the assault rifle there are various criminals our police should also caught those criminals.

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