Police spot guns in car parked downtown, arrest four men

Monday, March 14, 2011 at 5:31pm
Staff reports

Metro police officers, checking parked vehicles downtown, arrested four men and confiscated four guns early Sunday morning after allegedly spotting one of the guns in plain sight inside a car.

Officers waited nearby and later stopped Loquicious Hunter, 23, and Jermon Battle, 27, as well as brothers William and Edgar McGinnis as they tried to enter the Chevrolet Impala where police said they spotted a semi-automatic handgun.

Police said a search of the vehicle turned up two 9 mm handguns and a 38-caliber revolver. They also found a 22-caliber pistol in Battle’s front pocket, according to police.

Officers issued state citations for unlawful weapon possession to Hunter, Battle and Edgar McGinnis, 18. They charged William McGinnis, 19, with unlawful weapon possession and marijuana possession. He is out of jail on $12,500 bond.  

4 Comments on this post:

By: SeymourButz on 3/14/11 at 4:20

Kudos to the Metro police for doing their job. This underscores why more restrictive gun laws are pointless, null, and inoperative and the lack of concern by the accused. It is highly doubtful that any of these firearms were purchased legally by these men. However, it will not matter because the police will simply have them destroyed without tracing the serial numbers back to the original owners. I once used "All My Sons" to move my furniture after my divorce and now "All My Sons" have "All My Guns." The owner failed to point out that he hires convicted felons to keep his payroll costs low.

The main point is that my handguns which I purchased legally will never be retrieved by me because of a lack of followup by the so called "authorities." I even asked the Detective investigating the theft and he said that I might check the local pawn shops but that it was doubtful that I would ever retrieve my stolen goods. Sure they could track the firearms to the owners and prosecute the thieves, BUT, who has the time? Guns do not kill people, people do. Stronger enforcement of existing law WOULD go a long way in dealing with this problem but it's simply easier to make lawful citizens pay by restricting their access and rights to "keep and bear arms."

By: Leathrn on 3/14/11 at 5:00

I'm glad that the police saw this and arrested them. I'm disturbed that one of them is already back out on the street.

The police could do a lot better job with helping property owners retrieve their stolen items. How they handle firearms is not acceptable, including taking guns from rightful owners which has happened twice to family members.

Our pawn shops contribute a lot to the fencing of stolen goods. I would like to see the pawn shops shut down - they are a menace to our society. If people want to sell unwanted household items they can list it on Craigslist. Then we can focus on cleaning up Craigslist, too.

By: revo-lou on 3/14/11 at 5:27

One of them? Hell they are ALL on the street. Only one was taken into custody, the other three where issued citations for illegal possession. Society does need better protection from “citizens” like these but no one seems to be willing to pay the cost.

By: Moonglow1 on 3/15/11 at 7:06

Moonglow1: we need rigorous gun control laws. Not more guns n bars!!!