Sunday, June 26, 2011

South Carolina Ex-cop Arrested for Shooting

Justin Grant Gambrell, 25, of 450 Bratcher Road in Belton, was in jail Friday and charged with use of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol and discharging a firearm into a dwelling, according to arrest warrants.

The warrants allege that Gambrell was drinking when he fired four shots from a moving vehicle into the home at 45 Piedmont Highway.

The Highway Patrol fired Gambrell, who had been a trooper in the Upstate division since 2007 and had no previous disciplinary problems, Department of Public Safety spokesman Sid Gaulden said.
What we've got here is a failure to communicate. Simple gun control laws should have prevented this guy from owning a gun, fired from the State Troopers, drinking problem, and who knows what else. But in South Carolina they take their gun rights seriously.

What do you think? Please leave a comment.


  1. Mike, did you even read the article you cited?

    The individual was a State Trooper at the time of the infraction. So legally, he could carry a gun. Most off-duty law enforcement officers do do that, you know...It might be a law...I don't know.

    But after this incident, he will be banned from possessing any kind of firearm. That is a law, I do know.

    Mike G.

  2. Simple gun control, properly done, would have prohibited him from ever becoming a cop in the first place. You don't think this was his first indication of being unstable, do you?

    My point is I don't distinguish between you lawful gun owners and cops. A too-high percentage of you guys should be disqualified from the get-go.