VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) –A patient waiting to be seen in a local emergency room called 911 and reported a man that was displaying a gun on his waistband, officials said.
It happened at about 3:44 am., on February 3, 2020, at Victor Valley Global Medical Center in the 15200 block of Eleventh Street in Victorville.
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Mara Rodriguez told VVNG deputies arrived and made contact with two men, one of which was the man in question.
“Deputies learned the men were there because a friend was being seen. One had his gun on him for protection. They realized it may cause others to feel unsafe if it was seen, so they placed it in their vehicle,” stated Rodriguez.
Rodriguez said deputies conducted a search of the vehicle and discovered there were three guns in the car, none of which were secured in a locked area. Additionally, all three guns were loaded.
“The men cooperated with the deputies and the guns were found to be registered to them. They both received a citation for carrying a loaded firearm in a public place,” stated Rodriguez.
Penal Code 26350 PC is the California statute that makes it a crime to openly carry an unloaded firearm in a public area.
Without aggravating factors, carrying a loaded firearm in public is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum sentence of one year in jail and / or a $1,000 fine.
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