Originally posted by speedster:
I agree with you on the DUI being worse, but how is he going to plea down having transported illegal firearms into CA? Also firing a firearm in a CA city?
This is not overcharging. It's charging him with what he did.
He bought the rifle in Arizona and brought it back with out going through a FFL and getting it "Ca legal" , which is a big no no.
What Aldon did is basically gun smuggling. I know it shouldn't be that way, Ca gun laws are really stupid.
But we are dealing with federal as well as state laws he broke.
First, he wasn't charged with illegal discharge, just the two possession charges. Second, there are no federal charges, just state charges . . . which are inconsistently enforced even within the state. Urban jurisdictions enforce them regularly, rural counties do not. Third, the County is going to look idiotic if this ever makes it to court. First, they wait over a year to charge him. Then between the time of the offense and the actual charges, the Sheriff invited Aldon to a function at the County gun range where he gets a helicopter ride and they let him fire a weapon on the range.
Granted none of this impacts the nuts & bolts of the case, but politics were involved in the charges I think.