Wednesday, February 5, 2014
A subject was arrested and charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol on Jan. 26.
Law enforcement officers responded to a bar fight in Moncks Corner in which a vehicle fled the parking lot.
The incident occurred at about 12:30 a.m., according to a Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
A deputy followed a white van that pulled out from the bar parking lot onto Rembert C. Dennis Boulevard. After the van pulled over, the officer got out of the vehicle, but the subject exited the van before being told to, according to the report.
The subject was acting unruly and the officer requested backup The officer saw what looked like a holster on the subject’s right hip.
The officer grabbed the subject’s left hand and bent him over the hood of the patrol vehicle. The officer announced “gun” to the other officers on the scene and frisked the subject for weapons, according to the report.
The subject’s holster was empty, but the officer felt a lump in the subject’s front pants pocket. The subject then said, “That’s a gun.”
The officer took the .22 magnum revolver from the subject and handcuffed him. The subject said he has a concealed weapons permit. The officer found a Georgia concealed weapons permit in the subject’s wallet. The officer asked if this was the permit he was referring to, and the subject said yes.
The subject said he had been at the bar, had a couple of drinks, got into an argument and left.
The officer told the subject that in South Carolina people cannot carry a firearm while under the influence of alcohol, according to the report.
The officer continued that in South Carolina you cannot take your firearm into a bar, that you must inform law enforcement of your permit and the location of the weapon if you are armed and that you cannot take your firearm into an establishment that has posted, “No concealed weapons.”