Anti-social Behavior by a Felon Gives Law-abiding Gun Owners a Black Eye

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Last Friday, February 23, a man and a woman from Tarboro found someone sitting in their seats at a movie theater. An argument ensued. Instead of jetting an usher or the manager to settle the dispute, the man decided to tackle the situation with her own hands.

Chadwick Earl Cherry, a 40-year-old from Tarboro pulled out a firearm and shot at least once. He fled the scene along with the woman. Later, Shameeka Latrice Lynch, a 30-year-old woman also from Tarboro, turned herself in to the police. On Monday, February 26, Mr. Cherry was arrested by the Greenville, NC Police. The FBI and the NCSBI Fugitive Task Force.

A law-abiding citizen with a proper concealed weapon permit can carry into a theater in North Carolina as long as the theater does not post a sign saying no weapons allowed. I don’t know if the AMC theater in Greenville, so carrying a concealed weapon into this theater may have been lawful.

Mr. Cherry did the unthinkable. He took the law into his own hands, brandished the firearm and fired it. That was against the law. Incidentally, he broke several federal firearm laws, one of which was being a felon in possession of a firearm. Clearly, this individual did not pay any attention to any “sensible” gun laws.

The Greenville, NC Police Department posted this on their Facebook account:

Detectives have obtained warrants charging Cherry with Discharging a Firearm in an Enclosure to Incite Fear, two counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill, and Possession of a Firearm by Felon. He is currently being interviewed by detectives and will be booked into the Pitt County Detention Center later this evening.

30-year-old Shameeka Latrice Lynch, was with Cherry at the time of the shooting and was also charged in connection with the crime.

This type of anti-social behavior gives law-abiding firearm owners a bad reputation. When will the people wanting to reduce gun violence support enforcing the laws we already have? It is clear that Mr. Cherry (allegedly) broke at least four local and state laws. There are also federal firearms laws (i.e. a felon possessing a firearm, a felon possessing ammunition, a felon using a firearm in the commission of a felony) that could put him away for 30 to 50 years after he serves his state sentence.

The big question is: Will the federal prosecutors try him, or will the state bargain away the federal punishment in return for a light sentence?

This happened a lot in California in all the major cities. You never hear of someone tried on federal firearms charges. Oh, unless a firearms dealer uses quotation marks on forms listing multiple rifles of the same make and model when they receive them instead of writing the same information over and over again.

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