Today we received the following email:
I am currently fighting a Livonia Ticket for alleging I "Brandished" my Glock 19 in a Meijers [sic] Store located in Livonia, MI.
My Firearm was concealed under a safari vest and holstered to my body. During a conversation with the Store Manager with my spouse over a problem he saw my firearm and someone called the police. We left the store without incident after paying for our groceries.
We were surrounded by 6 police cars, I was handcuffed and thrown into a police car with no indication as to why....I was give a ticket for brandishing.
So let's review:
- Man and wife shop together.
- Man has concern which he is addressing with the store manager.
- Manager sees man's gun inside vest and the cops are notified.
- Cops surround, detain, handcuff, and ticket the man for brandishing (in front of wife).
Now it's true, there may be more to this story. Let's assume the story is as simple as it is presented.
This may be the type of thing HB 5091 and HB 5092 is designed to prevent. These bills passed the House by a vast bi-partisan majority (over 95% voting in favor). Where are these bills? These bills (which passed the State House back in March) are sitting on the Senate floor, awaiting for Senate Majority leader Randy Richardville to pick them up? Why won't Randy act? Probably because Richardville is being a "Good Republican" and holding back guns bills, just like his Republican Governor (Snyder) wants!
In the meantime, a possibly innocent man faces Charges in Livonia. You can attend a hearing on his motion to dismiss. Details below:
Date of Hearing: 10/23/2014
Time of Hearing: 9:00 AM
Address of Hearing: 16th District Court
32765 Five Mile Rd.
Livonia, MI 48154-3045
Name of Judge Hearing Case: Kathleen J. McCann
Case Name: People v Ponkey
There is one disputed fact in the case that might give rise to pause on supporting Mr. Ponkey. According to his own motion to dismiss:
[The store manager] claims that Defendant approached him and said, “I know how to fix your cashier problem” before opening his jacket and showing Mr. Mislevy his gun. The witness also alleges that Defendant pointed to his gun.
Obviously, we don't know whether this actually happened or not. That is something that the Court will have to determine if it is:
Update 10/23/2014: According to MGO's Facebook page: This morning Mr. Ponkey plead guilty to Disorderly Conduct & his CPL was revoked.