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Detroit chief should be charged for gun violation, says CCRKBA.

Friday, October 31st, 2003

BELLEVUE, WA – Detroit Police Chief Jerry Oliver should have known better when he packed a loaded handgun in his luggage for a flight to Philadelphia Oct. 18. He should face prosecution, same as any other citizen who did the same thing, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) said today.

Oliver reportedly is stonewalling the investigation. His attorney, Anthony Chambers, was quoted by the Detroit Free Press insisting that “There’s no criminal activity on the chief’s part.”

“Is he kidding?” said CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron. “This case involves multiple criminal violations, and Chambers, Chief Oliver and Wayne County Prosecutor Michael Duggan all know it. For openers, Chief Oliver is not a certified police officer in Michigan, making him nothing more than a private citizen. The pistol was loaded, it reportedly isn’t registered, and Oliver evidently isn’t even licensed to carry a concealed handgun, yet he reportedly admitted carrying this gun every day on the job. Any other private citizen would be begging for a plea bargain at this point.

“Furthermore,” Waldron noted, “Oliver’s gun is identified as a .25-caliber pistol. Carrying that on the job is a direct violation of his own department’s long-standing regulations, which he enforces as the chief, because it does not meet the minimum requirement of being at least .38-caliber. Oliver keeps insisting it’s a .22-caliber pistol, suggesting he doesn’t even know the caliber of gun he’s carrying.

“Perhaps worst of all,” Waldron continued, “Oliver was enroute to attend the annual meeting of the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Philadelphia. The IACP has a well-known track record of supporting every kind of gun control measure, while not supporting the right of every law abiding citizen to bear arms for personal protection. How dare the chief so flagrantly violate state and federal regulations, while leaving town to attend the convention of such an anti-gun-rights organization. Oliver should be placed on leave until this case is settled.”

Waldron called on Duggan to be as aggressive with this case as he would any similar case, and file charges against Chief Oliver, sending a message to the community that “nobody is above the law.”

“Mike Duggan vehemently opposed concealed carry reform in Michigan, claiming it would lead to more gun crime,” Waldron said. “Now Duggan has a ready-made case involving blatant multiple gun law violations. What’s he waiting for? If Mike Duggan doesn’t prosecute Jerry Oliver, as he undoubtedly would prosecute an average citizen, then he is nothing more than an elitist hypocrite. Maybe this case should be turned over to a special prosecutor. If we’re going to stop people from trying to sneak loaded guns onto commercial aircraft, we ought to start with police chiefs who have made careers out of jailing people after telling them that ignorance of the law is no excuse.”