Concealing the Risk
Real-World Effects of Lax Concealed Weapons Laws
Section One: Crimes Committed After Licensure
Non-Firearm Crimes of Violence
|Name of License Holder
|Douglas E. Barber
||Convicted of a felony–sex offense against a child
|Bernardo M. Fuentes
||Adjudication withheld on a felony–strongarm robbery
|George E. Harrison, Jr.
||Adjudication withheld on a felony–aggravated battery and aggravated assault
|Lemon M. Lee
||Convicted of a felony–aggravated battery
|Wade S. Lusby
||Adjudication withheld on a felony–failure to stop and render aid
|George L. Santos
||Found guilty of domestic battery–a crime of violence
||Adjudication withheld on a felony–aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
Douglas E. Barber
Sex Offense Against a ChildDouglas Barber was issued a concealed weapons license in 1987 and had it renewed in 1990 and 1993. In December 1994 Barber was convicted of a sex offense against a child, a felony, and sentenced to two years community control. Barber’s license was not revoked until October 1995.
Bernardo M. Fuentes
Strongarm RobberyBernardo Fuentes was issued a concealed weapons license in 1993. In January 1995 Fuentes was arrested on charges of strongarm robbery when he struck a woman and stole her camera to destroy the film. Fuentes had adjudication withheld on the felony charge in February 1995 and was placed on probation for one year. A year later Fuentes’ license was revoked. Fuentes had also been arrested in November 1992 for grand theft, but no action was taken. Under Florida law Fuentes may legally reapply for a concealed weapons license in 1999.
George E. Harrison, Jr.
Aggravated Battery and Aggravated AssaultGeorge E. Harrison was issued a concealed weapons license in July 1991 and had it renewed in July 1994. In June 1992 Harrison had adjudication withheld on charges of aggravated battery and aggravated assault, a felony. His license was revoked in July 1995—three years and one month after adjudication was withheld. Under Florida law Harrison will be able to legally reapply for a concealed weapons license once three years have elapsed since probation or any other conditions set by the court.
Lemon M. Lee
Aggravated BatteryLemon Lee was issued a concealed weapons license in 1989. It was last renewed in May 1995. In January 1995 Lee was arrested on the charge of aggravated battery, a felony. Lee had been engaged in a verbal altercation when a bystander attempted to break it up. Lee cut the bystander with a knife. In June 1995 Lee pled guilty to the charge and received six months probation. Lee’s license was revoked in October 1995. An FBI report contained in the hearing documents indicated that Lee had previous convictions for aggravated assault in 1961 and reckless and careless display of a firearm in 1966.
Wade S. Lusby
Failure to Stop and Render AidWade Lusby was issued a concealed weapons license in 1988. His license was last renewed in August 1994. In February 1993 Lusby was arrested on a felony charge of failing to stop and render aid. In December 1994 the court withheld adjudication of guilt and Lusby was given two years probation. Lusby’s license was revoked in July 1995. Under Florida law Lusby will be eligible to legally reapply for a concealed weapons license in 1999.
George L. Santos
Domestic Battery—a Crime of Violence
George Santos was issued a concealed weapons license in 1988 and had it renewed in 1991 and 1994. In July 1992 Santos was arrested and later found guilty on charges of domestic battery after hitting his girlfriend during an argument. Hearing testimony states that the police had asked Santos to leave the area, but he refused. He was bailed out the next day by his girlfriend. Santos’ license was revoked in August 1995.
Aggravated Assault With a Deadly WeaponJohn Webber was issued a concealed weapons license in June 1993. Eight months later Webber was arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of marijuana. According to the police report, Webber was involved in a traffic altercation in which he repeatedly bumped his car against another vehicle after being cut off. When Webber and the driver of the other vehicle pulled off the road, Webber reportedly began yelling in a violent manner and broke the victim’s rear vent window with his fist. When the victim tried to drive off, Webber swerved his vehicle into the victim’s car. In November 1994 Webber had adjudication withheld on aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His concealed weapons license was revoked 11 months later. Under Florida law Webber will be able to legally reapply for a concealed weapons license once three years have elapsed since probation or any other conditions set by the court.
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