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Assault rifle owner arrested downtown

September 6, 2006

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Lawrence Police seized another weapon - this time an AK-47 assault rifle - during the weekend in a parking lot used by downtown club-goers.

Police were on patrol about 12:15 a.m. Sunday in the parking lot of Borders, 700 N.H., when they saw the weapon inside a parked vehicle. Around 3 a.m., they saw two men approach the car and made contact with them. They seized the gun and arrested a 19-year-old Grandview, Mo., man, Desmond Rashard Clark, for having a weapon near a bar.

Since the beginning of the year, police have seized several guns from cars parked in the 700 block of New Hampshire Street, an area often used by patrons of Last Call, 729 N.H., and other nightclubs. That prompted the city to change its ordinance covering weapons near bars to make it more specific.

In May, an unidentified person fired gunshots inside Last Call, but no one was injured. The police report from Sunday's incident didn't specify whether the men had been at Last Call, but the club closes at 3 a.m. - the time the men approached the car - which is an hour later than the closing time of other downtown bars.

Comments

Kat Christian 8 years, 3 months ago

Thank you Lawrence police - what a wacko and to be so young - only 19. When I was younger we never had to worry about being shot while out on the town having fun. Now it's not worth going out becuase you just put your life in more risk then ever. I happy the police are keeping an outlook on things like this.

Todd 8 years, 3 months ago

What was the charge? Seems like the weapon was improperly secured in the vehicle.

acg 8 years, 3 months ago

I wish these punk a**, gangsta wanna be losers would stay away from Lawrence. Go kill each other in some other town losers!

Adrienne Sanders 8 years, 3 months ago

Good thing these people are so stupid as to leave guns in plain sight... of course, makes me wonder how many are just a tad smarter.

Todd- as for the charge, don't you have to be 21 to own a gun?

swampmusic 8 years, 3 months ago

Maybe you guys should actually take the time to read the article before you start making comments. It was wrritten clear as day as to why he was arrested. it is a city ordinance regarding weapons in proximity to a bar.

"They seized the gun and arrested a 19-year-old Grandview, Mo., man, Desmond Rashard Clark, for having a weapon near a bar.

Since the beginning of the year, police have seized several guns from cars parked in the 700 block of New Hampshire Street, an area often used by patrons of Last Call, 729 N.H., and other nightclubs. That prompted the city to change its ordinance covering weapons near bars to make it more specific."

prioress 8 years, 3 months ago

At least it wasn't a concealed weapon.

staff04 8 years, 3 months ago

The assault weapons ban was allowed to sunset in 2004 when the majority leadership in the House refused to vote on the Senate passed extension.

Both Senators Roberts and Brownback opposed the extension, despite the pleas of the American public and every law enforcement union in the nation. Public support for extending the ban was polled around 75%.

Just a little food for thought. Without a city ordinance banning possession of a firearm near a bar, this guy would have walked.

Todd 8 years, 3 months ago

KS state firearm laws supercede Lawrence city ordinances. Therefore the city ordinance can't be enforced. That's why I asked what charges were being brought.

Assuming the AK-47 that's not modified to be a class-III weapon it's treated just like any other long barrel weapon under the law. (same as a rifle or shotgun)

Seriously, it looks a lot like a crime wasn't even commited here.

devilfish 8 years, 3 months ago

local laws can be stricter than state law and still be acceptable

Berserk 8 years, 3 months ago

Todd are you f***ing kidding me!!!!?!?!

An AK47 is an assault rifle! Made with the expressed purpose of not hunting a single target but for flooding an entire area with fully automatic machine gun fire. Multiple targets intended.

I think this guy should get at least 3 years in prison. You don't keep a weapon like that in a car unless you intend on killing someone.

To Todd: there goes your argument:

"Reflecting Soviet infantry doctrine of its time, the rifle is meant to be part of massed infantry fire, not long range engagements." Wikipedia.com

If you try and pull the defence excuse you case should be invalid at that point, that is an offensive weapon, meant to infiltrate and barrage your intended targets with un-returnable gun-fire. A defensive weapon might be a pistol, or mace, or a taser, something fast that you could use with quick response.

This is as clear as night and day, I fully support making a huge example out of this guy for his crimes... or the eventuality of them.

reginafliangie 8 years, 3 months ago

Maybe if all of the weapons found around Last Call were taken to the next city meeting and dumped on a table they would see the seriousness in all of this. And after several weapons and arrested subjects are posted in the news week after week, how dumb are you to leave one out for all to see? Criminals are just stupid, guess thats why they are criminals...

gphawk89 8 years, 3 months ago

Berserk-

"An AK47 is an assault rifle" This part is true.

"fully automatic machine gun fire" Not necessarily. There are plenty of semi-auto AK's out there, and it's perfectly legal to own them. Being in possession of a full-auto AK (anywhere, unless you have the proper permit) would get you in a lot more trouble than being in possession of an otherwise legal gun near a bar (in Lawrence). The article didn't mention anything about the gun itself being illegal.

AK's are built to be offensive, but work great as defensive weapons as well. Unless in extremely tight quarters, I'd rather defend my home with an AK than a pistol (personal preference - I'm generally a bad shot with a handgun).

gphawk89 8 years, 3 months ago

Like Todd, I'd like to know exactly what the charge is. And can anyone quote or provide a link to the "no guns near bars in Lawrence" ordinance?

And yes, it's hard to fathom why anyone would leave a firearm visible in their car. Anywhere. At any time. You're just inviting trouble, from law enforcement questioning your motives to another criminal deciding they want your gun.

YourItalianPrincess 8 years, 3 months ago

Close the club down and the problems may go away just a bit around here.

Come on now........if you have to pass through a metal detector to enter a club, why would you want to enter that place anyway.

Tychoman 8 years, 3 months ago

Apparently the manager of Last Call is too busy tying up valuable Supreme Court time by challenging the smoking ban than trying to keep his patrons (and the rest of the city) safe.

Last call for Last Call.

rousseau108 8 years, 3 months ago

go the the city of lawrence's website, and under city codes it is ordinance 14-408: carrying a weapon in close proximity to a drinking establishment.

Todd 8 years, 3 months ago

When laws don't make sense or conflict the courts end up throwing out cases. It makes no sense to say you are allowed to transport a firearm in your vehicle but then say you can't if it's within X feet of a bar. Your vehicle is your property and that fact doesn't change due to the proximity to a bar.

Having the capacity to commit a crime is not a crime.

Marcus DeMond 8 years, 3 months ago

Note to self: stay the hell away from the 700 block of New Hampshire Street at night.

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