by Kyle Swenson
We’re really into black and white applications of the law these days, in part because readers seem to dig into the debate and go at it. Here’s another situation spinning through the news cycle about a guy who didn’t know he was violating statute, but ended up on the wrong side of the law.
This week, 28-year-old David Laurenty called the Mentor police to his home to report a theft. But according to Mentor Patch, Laurenty was the only one who ended up in handcuffs.
It just so happened he had a person arsenal 13 firearms large — five handguns and eight shotguns and rifles. Yeah, that’s a lot of guns, but not exactly news worthy (you should see what’s under Delonte West’s bed). But it turns out Laurenty can’t own firearms due to a 2007 misdemeanor conviction for drug abuse. When the police put together these facts, they turned around, slapped on the cuffs and confiscated the stockpile.
Laurenty admitted the firearms were his and reportedly did not know he was prohibited from owning weapons due to his conviction. He was arraigned this morning, and didn’t post bail. If he’s convicted, he could end up with a lengthy prison stay, considering the crime: between one and five years.