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Gun charges for man arrested on Mall

By Dan Morse and Martin Weil

An Arizona man is scheduled to be arraigned in D.C. Superior Court Thursday afternoon after authorities say they found firearms inside his parked vehicle on the Mall.

Sgt. David Schlosser, a spokesman for the U.S. Park Police, identified the suspect as James M. Patock, 66, of Marana, Arizona.

Schlosser said Patock had one handgun and two rifles with him. He was charged with carrying a pistol without a license, and possessing an unregistered firearm and unregistered ammunition, Schlosser said.

The vehicle was parked on the Mall, near the Air and Space Museum. A U.S. Park Police officer spotted something suspicious inside about 3:15 p.m., according to a Park Police spokesman.

The Mall was cordoned off between 4th and 7th Streets while authorities searched the vehicle.Sgt. David Schlosser of the Park Police said a handgun and several rifles were found.

A bomb disposal unit was sent to the scene, but no explosives were found.

By Dan Morse and Martin Weil  | November 4, 2010; 10:37 AM ET
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Wow, arrested for having a gun? From Arizona? Heck, even my hairstylist had a .357 magnum in the car and 12-guage at the salon. If she was in DC she would be classified as 'suspicous'.

Posted by: k85756 | November 4, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Aw, leave hime alone! He's just a law-abiding NRA member and teabagger exercising his 2nd Amendment rights.

Posted by: ceefer66 | November 4, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

yes, only criminals are allowed to have guns in DC, not tourists.

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | November 4, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Could this be the Marine buildings shooter?

Posted by: Raiche58 | November 4, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Could this be the Marine buildings' shooter?

Posted by: Raiche58 | November 4, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

ceefer66 - Thank you for 15 seconds of authentis leftist jibberish. i am sure we all are looking for more diatribe and leftist BS from you soon.

Posted by: madmike272 | November 4, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

you can carry guns left unconcealed legally in your vehicle in..oh say 50 states. DC is the totaltarian one...you can only carry in DC if you are a criminal.

Posted by: wjc1va | November 4, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I read this:
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He was charged with carrying a pistol without a license, and possessing an unregistered firearm and unregistered ammunition
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Nothing about his arrest enfringes his rights, as the courts have ruled that Licensing and registration is not an enfringement.

He failed to do what was legally required, which is a crime, is it not? So, not a law-abiding citizen. Not a big ole criminal, but did not follow the laws, so not law abiding.

This is not a leftist-rightist fight.

Posted by: Greent | November 4, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

There's no telling what this man intended to do with those guns. Just because a person is old or disabled doesn't mean they're incapable of committing a terrorist attack. Remember the old guy that killed the security guard at the Holocaust Museum.

Posted by: zzishate@yahoo.com | November 4, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

It is DC, and it's draconian gun laws that are in the wrong here, not the person from Arizona which is a State that recognizes our CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.

How long will people keep letting Governments trample their rights? I hope that activist groups like the 2nd amendment foundation get involved with this case and challenge DC's laws. People in DC should be ashamed they let thier government have so much power.

"This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties. A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins." Benjamin Franklin

Posted by: Rights_are_Rights | November 4, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Actually under federal law if he was just driving through and made a short stop it is legal for him to have it in his vehicle. He may have been traveling from a state where he is allowed to have them to another so could be covered under the firearm owners protection act. They don't say how they were stored in the camper.

Posted by: jhaas68865 | November 4, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

you can carry guns left unconcealed legally in your vehicle in..oh say 50 states. DC is the totaltarian one...you can only carry in DC if you are a criminal.

Posted by: wjc1va | November 4, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse


Taxation without representation where are NRA members who support DC voting rights?

Posted by: scootab22 | November 4, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

"It is DC, and it's draconian gun laws that are in the wrong here, not the person from Arizona which is a State that recognizes our CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED."

Please, take your screaming elsewhere.

Posted by: RedBirdie | November 4, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

It is DC, and it's draconian gun laws that are in the wrong here, not the person from Arizona which is a State that recognizes our CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.

How long will people keep letting Governments trample their rights? I hope that activist groups like the 2nd amendment foundation get involved with this case and challenge DC's laws. People in DC should be ashamed they let thier government have so much power.

"This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties. A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins." Benjamin Franklin
Posted by: Rights_are_Rights | November 4, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Taxation without representation. Where are the NRA members who support DC voting rights.

Posted by: scootab22 | November 4, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

What a waste of time & energy on the part of the park police. Blocking off traffic for 2 blocks? A bomb squad? Really? What scared little ninnies they are. Why was this "officer" snooping into someone's vehicle in the first place?

Guess this shows us that we should keep everything in our vehicles covered, and if you're driving an RV, pull the shades before you leave it parked somewhere. And for heaven's sake, NEVER consent to a search by police. If they have probable cause, they can get a warrant. If they don't have probable cause, they don't need to be poking around your car... or home.

The story says both that the guns were in the car, and that (paradoxically) the man was charged with _carrying_ an unregistered pistol. You can't have it both ways. (And you have to register your ammunition? Seriously? How low can you go.)

Besides, as someone else pointed out, federal law (which does apply in DC) allows a traveler to make a short stop (time undefined) without becoming subject to the gun laws wherever he's stopping. When will the citizens in DC be allowed the same rights as citizens of the 50 states? (Well, ok maybe 48 - IL & CA are almost as bad.)

Posted by: MKEgal | November 4, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Wow, a new low for the NRA crowd on here...defending a guy who openly told people he wanted to shoot the president. And if a handgun, two rifles and a ton of ammo isn't "suspicious," maybe the propane tanks wired to a car battery might set off some alarms.

This gets back to the fact that the NRA tells the lie that the Second Amendment gives people an individual right to kill government officials when they deem our government has become "tyrannical." That might shed some light on their defense of another insurrectionist traitor.

Posted by: gritsjr | November 4, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

So a neighbor saying he said something makes it true? One hand gun and 2 rifles is not much. He really has 2000 pounds of ammo? That must have cost a fortune. Cant speak about the propane tanks being "wired" to the battery. Was it wired to blow or to power a stove in the camper with an electronic ignition?

As far as the 2A it confirms the right to be armed. The Constitution tells the people to replace the govt. if it is not doing the will of the people.

I am so sick of NRA NRA NRA. You would be shocked to know how many gun owners who carry for defense do not like the NRA.

Posted by: jhaas68865 | November 4, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

in gay city dc.the man need guns i live here all my life the grug killing slow down that all it is bad when i need one where i be i know everboby there no love here any more praying in school gave some love but that no more and to help that one out we got the gay one to i am black i need one iam thing you white you need two

Posted by: johnsonhermanj | November 5, 2010 1:50 AM | Report abuse

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