The Seattle Times and on-line Seattle P-I.com reported Sunday afternoon that an unidentified felon was arrested early in the morning by Seattle Police after making telephone threats to shoot someone, and when he was searched, a stolen pistol was found in his pocket.
According to the Seattle Police Blotter, the gun was identified as a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson that had been taken in a car prowl in Seattle almost three years ago.
Northwest gun right activists might take out their watches and start keeping time to see how long it will take the gun prohibition lobby to blame the fact that this guy was armed on the failure of lawmakers in Olympia to pass a universal background check bill.
The push is on to blame the “gun lobby” for the legislature’s refusal to pass a background check bill as this column noted earlier. This case underscores some of the citizen opposition because the man now behind bars facing both state and federal charges obviously did not obtain the gun legally, and no background check was involved. Gun rights activists would quickly argue that no amount of additional red tape piled on law-abiding citizens would have prevented this man from getting that gun.
According to both news agencies and the Seattle Police, the suspect was on Seattle’s Third Avenue shortly after midnight Sunday and was overheard by a local resident making the threatening telephone call. When police arrived, the bad guy started running, but the cops had faster feet.
The suspect reportedly was wanted already, and because he is a convicted felon, it is illegal for him to possess a firearm. His first court appearance may be Monday afternoon. He was booked into the King County Jail.