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Woman faces unusual charge(NC)
theherald-nc.com ^ | 3 June, 2012 | Colin Campbell

Posted on 06/06/2012 11:30:18 AM PDT by marktwain

SMITHFIELD - When a Caswell Street woman whipped out a rifle during a fight outside her home, she committed an unusual crime, according to police.

Tandra Shernette “Tan” Staton, 23, of 502 Caswell St., Smithfield, was arrested Monday and charged with going armed to the terror of the public. The North Carolina law makes it illegal to carry guns or other “dangerous and unusual weapons” for the purpose of terrifying others and to go about on public highways in a manner to cause terror to others.

Staton’s arrest came after what Police Lt. Keith Powell called a “large fight” around 9:30 p.m. near the intersection of Caswell and North Fifth streets. During the brawl, investigators think Staton – a clerk at the Family Dollar on South Third Street – pulled a .22-caliber rifle from her car and pointed it at people in the crowd.

Most of the fighters ran off when police arrived, so Staton was the only person charged in the incident. “Everybody dispersed, and no one would cooperate as far as the fight,” Powell said.

Police say it is unclear whether Staton was involved in the fight, and she faces no other charges related to the event. Staton was taken to the Johnston County jail and released after posting a $1,000 bond. She’s due in court June 20.

Police say they seldom charge anyone with “going armed to the terror of the public.” The law has created confusion and drawn criticism from gun-rights activists, who say it could be misinterpreted to target people who carry guns in public for protection. North Carolina law is unclear on whether “open carry” of weapons is legal in the state.

A gun-law brochure distributed by the N.C. Attorney General’s Office is also unclear on what merits the charge. It says residents and visitors in the state “are cautioned as to the areas they frequent with firearms” but offers no specifics.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: banglist; defense; nc; opencarry
If a .22 rifle is a "dangerous and unusual weapon" then the term has no meaning. I guess a nerf club would be a non-dangerous weapon, but how you could classify a .22 rifle as unusual, especially in North Carolina, is only something that someone well versed in Orwellian doublespeak could do.
1 posted on 06/06/2012 11:30:24 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

2 posted on 06/06/2012 11:34:59 AM PDT by Gamecock (I worked out with a dumbbell yesterday and I feel vigorous!)
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To: marktwain

“...going armed to the terror of the public.”

That could be a real serious problem for CCW/CHL permit holders.


3 posted on 06/06/2012 11:36:28 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs & most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: Gamecock

The lady should be charged with ‘doing the leo’s job for them’. The perps are just lucky she didn’t ping a few of them off to Treyvon’s party. If what I’ve read so far is the extent of the sotry, the Lady should be awarded a medal for communnity service!


4 posted on 06/06/2012 11:38:04 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Gamecock

The lady should be charged with ‘doing the leo’s job for them’. The perps are just lucky she didn’t ping a few of them off to Treyvon’s party. If what I’ve read so far is the extent of the story, the Lady should be awarded a medal for communnity service!


5 posted on 06/06/2012 11:38:20 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: marktwain
Honestly, I can envision where I as a white man, might end up in situation where I'd have to brandish something threateningly to dispel a few or more antagonists [I can assure you, it would not be a skimpy .22 rifle, though]. While this girl is black, I can also envision a case where she felt threatened or feared for someone else.

The part of the story that perplexes me (not) is that the other involved parties (the antagonists) dispersed when police arrived. There is no mention of race here so we all know what that means, don't we.

Unless this girl was drunk or drugged up, I'm inclined to think the police put a bullshit charge on her.

6 posted on 06/06/2012 11:38:48 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Gamecock
a) She's pretty. If I dated, I would date her.

b) Brandishing the firearm seemed to stop the fight. I approve of that.

/johnny

7 posted on 06/06/2012 11:41:36 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: marktwain
yep a .22 rifle is about as ubiquitous as it gets.

No one who loves reason could work in our governments today. The urge to vomit would be non-stop.

8 posted on 06/06/2012 11:42:23 AM PDT by Trailerpark Badass
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To: Gaffer; MHGinTN

Trumped up charge, IMHO.


9 posted on 06/06/2012 12:19:04 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

More here than meets the eye for sure. I’m always suspicious about ‘crowds’ and events-leading-up-to that are ignored, especially about race.


10 posted on 06/06/2012 12:22:43 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: carriage_hill

Carry enough mags to ‘splat and gat’ and then book it.


11 posted on 06/06/2012 12:23:44 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Gamecock

The Uniformed Donut Eaters are just mad because a woman, with just a .22 in her hand, dispersed a “large fight”.

I say one Donut Eater should be fired and his/her/its salary for the rest of this year be given to the lady who broke up hte fight.

Citizens doing the PolicePerson’s job should receive the PolicePerson’s pay.


12 posted on 06/06/2012 12:24:44 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: marktwain

So I guess it would have been better had she just let them splatter each others brains all over the place.

Perfect.


13 posted on 06/06/2012 12:26:27 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: marktwain

Not to be outdone by our northern neighbors, a woman was recently charged with having testicles (hanging behind her truck).


14 posted on 06/06/2012 12:28:34 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The First Bystander must be removed!)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

Those stupid metal testes hanging from some idiot’s vehicle must be a statement to the tiny size of the driver’s organic ones.


15 posted on 06/06/2012 1:17:04 PM PDT by bicyclerepair ( REPLACE D-W-S ! http://www.karenforcongress.com)
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To: Gaffer

Problem with that is, each firearm has a ballistics report on file w/ feds, from mfgr, according to my ffl and leos I know, so they’ll find the owner, eventually. Booking the scene will add another charge to it all, but if you stay, you’ll get *Zimmermanned*. Damed if you do and damned if you don’t, these days, I guess. Best to have your Atty’s & Bail Bondsman’s numbers real handy.


16 posted on 06/06/2012 1:17:30 PM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs & most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: Gaffer

I always carry 2 extra mags of .45cal ACP 230gr HP/FMJ mixed mags, in this:

http://www.usgalco.com/HolsterPG3.asp?ProductID=2053&GunID=173


17 posted on 06/06/2012 1:20:20 PM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs & most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: carriage_hill

I seriously, seriously don’t believe what your FFL IS telling you.


18 posted on 06/06/2012 2:09:52 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer; All

When I bought my 3 Kimber 1911 .45s and 1 Glock G32 .357SIG, there was a document w/ each stating that they’d been test-fired. Of the long-guns, I can’t remember.

I just got an email back from my FFL saying that I misunderstood what he said; the certified test-firing (doc and empty casing enclosed w/ each handgun) was by mfgr and NOT kept on-file by any gov’t agency, for any purpose he knew of. FFL discarded doc/casing.

MY ERROR, Gaffer.

I’ve also emailed the 2 ret’d state police LEOs whom I thought confirmed what I’d said, and am waiting for their replies. This is one case I certainly don’t mind being proven wrong, and freely admit my error.t remember.

I just got an email back from my FFL saying that I misunderstood what he said; the certified test-firing (doc and empty casing enclosed w/ each handgun) was by mfgr and NOT kept on-file by any gov


19 posted on 06/06/2012 5:48:00 PM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs & most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: Gaffer

Sorry about that messy & confusing post; I don’t know what happened...


20 posted on 06/06/2012 5:51:36 PM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs & most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: carriage_hill

No problem. The only link of the weapon to anyone is the
Form 4473 that the FFL has on file for each purchase. . Government
is not supposed to access that form unless there is a valid reason like
the gun was used in a crime ( where the MFRs records can point to it
being sold to a particular dealer. And I believe they would have subpoena
the MFR first. )


21 posted on 06/07/2012 2:59:11 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Gamecock

NOT GUILTY!


22 posted on 06/07/2012 4:48:07 AM PDT by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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