Leading anti-gun attorney arrested after airport security found handgun in carry-on bag

His explanation for why he has a gun in his carry-on bag seems very credible.  It is interesting that he appears to have been in the process of getting a concealed handgun permit.  From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
A prominent Cleveland civil rights attorney was arrested Saturday at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in connection with carrying a concealed weapon. 
David Malik was arrested about 4:15 p.m. after airport security found an unloaded .22 caliber handgun and a box of ammunition in his carry-on bag, records show. 
"I participated in a target shooting class recently with a certified CCW instructor and I simply forgot to remove it from my bag," Malik said in a statement. "I used the bag to pack for my trip. It was a stupid mistake." 
Malik spent Saturday night in jail and was released on bond Sunday morning, according to Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association.  
He is scheduled to appear at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Cleveland Municipal Court. 
"What's interesting about David is he is such an anti-gun person," Loomis said.  . . .
UPDATE:  From today.  He seems to be agreeing that he accidentally carried the gun in his carry-on bad, so it isn't clear why he is pleading not guilty.  From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
A prominent civil rights attorney based in Cleveland pleaded not guilty to a felony gun charge Tuesday after police said he brought a gun and ammunition in a carry-on bag at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Saturday. . . .  



Blogger Confusingly Clear said...

Simple. He's not guilty because he's anti-gun. See David Gregory for further details.

2/17/2015 8:18 PM  
Blogger Stephen Pickering said...

I cannot find anything other than Steve Loomis's assertion that Malik is anti-gun which indicates that Malik is, in fact, anti-gun in the sense we ordinarily understand that term (pushes for anti-gun legislation).

What I see is a man who has made trouble for the police via civil rights lawsuits, and we're taking a cop's opinion as fact.

If someone can point to an article or donor list for an anti-gun organization to prove that Mr. Malik is, in fact, anti-gun, and therefore a hypocrite, I'd like to see it.

2/17/2015 9:11 PM  
Blogger Sandra Walker said...

I'm really not a big fan of guns, but I'm not against someone owning one as long as that person is responsible. What I took from your article is this person is not a responsible gun owner. If you own a gun you should know of it's location at all times so it does not fall into the wrong person's hands. This person was definately not keeping track of his firearm and should not own one.

Sandra Walker @ Eric Risk

1/18/2016 1:16 AM  

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