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Edgefield County Man Violates State Gun Law, Hours After Taking a Concealed Carry Class

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Aiken police recently arrested a Trenton man for violating a handgun law several hours after he allegedly passed a concealed carry permit class.

   According to reports, Aiken Public Safety officers charged Justin Lee Rutland, 27, with unlawfully carrying a pistol. During incarceration at the Aiken County Detention Center, Rutland reportedly told police he was a former Aiken County sheriff’s deputy.

   Arresting officers initially stopped Rutland for an expired tag. According to reports, they approached his window and saw a handgun laying in the floorboard behind the driver’s seat. They ordered him out at gunpoint, the report states.

   Rutland said he had taken a concealed weapons class earlier that day and knew the Glock wasn’t stored properly, but he was “being lazy.”

    According to reports, officers cleared the handgun and placed it into evidence. Along with it were 30 bullets and two magazines.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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