A pair of patrol cops confiscated a 9 mm handgun from former NFL star Philadelphia yesterday, after stopping him for driving the wrong way on a one-way street, a police source said.Mr. Harrison had a gun in his possession that belonged to someone else. That should be one strike right there, but there's much more.
The minor traffic incident, which occurred about 2:40 p.m., when Harrison was driving a Cadillac Escalade Indianapolis Colts wide receiver.
Harrison showed the cops a permit to carry a firearm that was registered in Montgomery County, where he owns a home. However, he failed to mention that he had a handgun in the SUV, which he was required to do by law.
The cops took the gun, which is registered to a man who lives in Philadelphia, the source said.
This guy should not have guns. Are the gun advocates so afraid that if these kinds of incidents are used to disarm Harrison, they'll also be disarmed at the whim of the authorities? That seems to be the argument. The law-abiding gun owners are so afraid they'll be stripped of their rights too that they're willing to allow guys like this to have guns.
Local resident Dwight Dixon claimed that Harrison shot him in the hand on April 29, 2008, after the two fought near Harrison's garage at 25th and Thompson street in North Philly.
Another man, Robert Nixon, claimed he was wounded in the back by an errant shot fired by Harrison.
Police later said ballistics evidence proved that several shots had been fired that day by a gun Harrison admitted to owning.
Charges were never filed, however, because then-District Attorney Lynne Abraham said Dixon, Nixon, Harrison and several others told numerous contradictory stories about the shooting. Dixon and Nixon filed civil suits against Harrison.
On July 21, 2009, Dixon was riddled with gunfire on Girard Avenue near 28th Street, two blocks from Harrison's bar, Playmakers. Dixon told police he believed Harrison was behind that shooting. Dixon died two months later. His slaying remains unsolved.
Let me ask you this, you law-abiding gun owners, do you know anyone who has been involved in incidents like these who really is a good guy? Have you ever known any innocent person who was accused of by two separate people of shooting them, one of whom ended up shot to death?
This kind of thing could be handled by the local police department. This is exactly where the local police could keep guns out of the wrong hands, even prior to indictments and convictions.
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