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Posted by: thepinetree on 09/14/2017 12:08 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 09/14/2017 12:08 PM
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Pellet Gun Wielding Snake Hunter Caused Concerns on Parrotts Ferry

Columbia, CA...Are you afraid of snakes? Apparently this was the case for a 42-year-old man who was found walking down Hwy 49 near Parrotts Ferry Road in Sonora, with what appeared to be a handgun. Deputies contacted him after the Sheriff's Office received several calls on Wednesday evening from concerned motorists. Deputies searched the man for additional weapons and upon further examination the firearm was determined to be a pellet gun. The man told deputies he was walking the roadway looking for rattlesnakes.

The pellet gun looked very realistic and did not have any marks distinguishing it from a real hand gun.

This encounter could have went very differently. The realism of these imitation guns, unless examined, can pose a challenge in distinguishing whether they are real or fake. They can be fun to play with but can also pose a safety hazard and create fear and panic if used in public places. Avoid a dangerous confrontation and do not show imitation guns in public. If you are carrying an imitation gun and are approached by Law Enforcement, place the gun on the ground and obey their instructions.

The man was counseled on walking around in public with such a realistic looking firearm and the concern and fear it brought to residents and passing motorists.

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Posted on: 2017-09-14 13:01:47   By: Anonymous
Was he looking for a snake or Hillary , same thing I guess !

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    Re: snake
    Posted on: 2017-09-14 15:02:31   By: Anonymous
    Snakes don't have fat cankles.

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      Posted on: 2017-09-15 00:45:19   By: Anonymous

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-09-14 14:10:27   By: Anonymous
No laws broken, even if it was an unloaded firearm. Stop being so paranoid.
"For you to be convicted under Penal Code 26350, a prosecutor must show you carried the gun:
in a public place or street in an incorporated city,
on a public street in a prohibited area of an unincorporated area of a county or city, or
in a public place in a prohibited area of a county or city.

If you weren't in one of the three enumerated places, you are not guilty of violating Penal Code 26350."

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    Posted on: 2017-09-14 15:56:13   By: Anonymous
    Common sense rule broken, if that weapon looked real and he drew on someone, especially the officer, well, I would have been on the officer's side if he shot him. Very irresponsible on the fellows part.

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      Posted on: 2017-09-14 15:58:33   By: Anonymous
      Wouldn't it be worse if he had concealed it?

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        Posted on: 2017-09-14 20:07:51   By: Anonymous
        Someone should show the flatlander what a shovel looks like.
        It's much safer to carry around and easier to dispatch rattlers.

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    Posted on: 2017-09-14 15:57:55   By: Anonymous
    Could have cost him his life if he made any furtive moves, not very smart man.

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      Posted on: 2017-09-14 16:03:08   By: Anonymous
      White man with gun is still not as likely to be shot by police as unarmed black man. What do you say to the black dude to preserve his safety?

      My point here is no one should fear death by cop. I don't see the harm in someone walking with an exposed gun; I do however see a problem with police tactics that encourage escalation.

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        Posted on: 2017-09-14 16:58:52   By: Anonymous
        Oh you have to throw the race card out there , wah wah .

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          Posted on: 2017-09-14 17:21:18   By: Anonymous
          MUST BE A LIB

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    Posted on: 2017-09-14 18:30:43   By: Anonymous

    When did all the libs move into the county (looking at the comments). They assume everyone is as stupid as them and don't know how to act like a responsible firearm owner around police. Give me a break.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-09-14 20:42:10   By: Anonymous
Above average intelligence Trump supporter!

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    Posted on: 2017-09-15 07:09:13   By: Anonymous
    Looking for a golf cart to steal. Also a garden hose. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

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Typical California Gun Response
Posted on: 2017-09-15 09:02:25   By: Anonymous
Californians wouldn't be so panicked when they see a person with a firearm if the tyrants in Sactown and the 9th Circuit Court hadn't illegally eviscerated the Second Amendment. People carrying handguns are a common sight in states where the Constitution and Second Amendment are still recognized.

You folks don't realize how far out in left field you really are.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-09-15 09:53:27   By: Anonymous
Some people see snakes when they drink too much liquor. I think that's what happened here.

He was lucky he didn't have a shoelace comer untied. Might have shot himself in the foot.

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