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  • Man arrested with guns at Pelosi's Denver hotel

    Does anyone have more info on this? Just carrying cased firearms into a lobby doesn't seem like it should land someone in jail.

    http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/08...-denver-hotel/
    DENVER — A man who tried to carry two hunting rifles and two pistols into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s downtown hotel remained in police custody Sunday.

    Pelosi and other guests briefly left the hotel during the Saturday incident but were never in danger, Secret Service spokesman Malcolm Wiley said.

    The man, Joseph Calanchini, 29, of Pinedale, Wyo., faces a charge of unlawful carrying of a weapon. Police officers at the Grand Hyatt hotel noticed him carrying a rifle-type case at the entrance and detained him.

    Wiley said he didn’t know if the weapons were loaded.

    “The speaker was never in any danger and she appreciates the quick and professional response of the police,” said Pelosi spokesman Brendan Daly.

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    Some businesses do not allow any weapons on their premises. In the case of hotels and apartments, that is almost always the case.
    -I don't feel you honor someone by creating a physical gesture (the salute). You honor them by holding them in memory and, in law enforcement, proceeding in vigilant, ethical police work. You honor this country or deceased soldiers or whatever you're honoring when you salute a flag by thinking, feeling, and continuing a life of freedom.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by djack16 View Post
      Some businesses do not allow any weapons on their premises. In the case of hotels and apartments, that is almost always the case.
      Perhaps in California, but it isn't a problem in the areas where I've traveled. I have literally never seen a hotel that's posted. Admittedly, I've never been to one in California.

      A bit of an update in this story.
      http://www.denverpost.com/politicswestnews/ci_10292295

      It implies that in addition to the rifle case, that he had handguns concealed on himself without a carry permit. The first story mentioned the handguns but I the way I read it, it sounded like they were cased as well. He says he had the rifles worked on in Denver in preparation for an upcoming hunting trip to Africa.

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      • #4
        An article i just read had almost the same info except it stated the handguns were in his baggage. He is booked on misdeamenor charges. He probablly won't be making the trip to Africa unless he can produce some plane tickets. If he does once again Denver will be shelling out some cash............... But seriously who hasn't heard of the DNC being in Denver this week................
        The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

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        • #5
          OK, if the handguns were in his luggage, this what in the heck are they charging him with?

          If that's true, and the rifles were cased, I don't see what they can do other than cause some headaches. That's why I started this thread asking if anyone knew any more about this situation. I figured there HAD to be more if they placed him under arrest, even with the DNC.

          I know people who I would wager don't have a clue that the convention is in Denver this week. This guy sounds like he spends his time in the oil fields and rural areas. If he isn't into politics, I can believe that he was caught off-guard.

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          • #6
            Haha, who's that stupid to bring a rifle in a hotel where police will see you?

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            • #7
              His "baggage" may have been a "man-bag" thrown over his shoulder. I don't known wasn't there. Interesting in seeimg how this plays out though. Taylor, I wouldn't leave my rifle in the car in Denver. Not if you wanted to keep it. Keep in mind you can check your rifles and fly with them so having them cased and in a hotel room isn't a big deal normally. Now doing this during the DNC is a little suspicious.
              The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

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              • #8
                Now all the jokers know how to flush the VIPs out of their hotel. Just walk into the hotel lobby with an empty, locked rifle case!

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                • #9
                  So...provided his rifles and handguns were in luggage or a case, is it illegal, in Denver, to keep the firearms in your room rather than unsecured in a vehicle or just because democrats are in town?

                  Forgive me, I'm in Florida we don't have the gun restrictions other states do and the info above makes it seem like he was simply travelling with firearms and took them inside with him....if there's more to it maybe someone can advise.

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                  • #10
                    sounds like BS to me..
                    In the end we're all just chalk lines on the concrete drawn only to be washed away, for the time that I've been given, I am what I am. I'd rather you hate me for everything I am, Than have you love me for being something that Im not

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                    • #11
                      Who knows the real story. Denver has some very strict guns laws(read as crazy). Pretty much everywhere else he likely would not have been charged. But there would be a pretty healthy investigation.
                      The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

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                      • #12
                        I was digging around for updates and came across this. It looks like he bonded out on Sunday evening and has some sort of hearing on 9/15. It's a pretty sure bet that his hunting trip is off, huh.

                        Last edited by velobard; 08-26-2008, 09:23 PM.

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                        • #13
                          if the guy is traveling and his weapons are in his suitcase I really don't know where the charge is. IIRC by federal law one may transport across state lines as long as weapons are secured.

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                          • #14
                            18-12-105. Unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon - unlawful possession of weapons.

                            (1) A person commits a class 2 misdemeanor if such person knowingly and unlawfully:
                            (a) Carries a knife concealed on or about his or her person; or
                            (b) Carries a firearm concealed on or about his or her person; or
                            (c) Without legal authority, carries, brings, or has in such person's possession a firearm or any explosive, incendiary, or other dangerous device on the property of or within any building in which the chambers, galleries, or offices of the general assembly, or either house thereof, are located, or in which a legislative hearing or meeting is being or is to be conducted, or in which the official office of any member, officer, or employee of the general assembly is located.
                            (d) (Deleted by amendment, L. 93, p. 964, § 1, effective July 1, 1993.)
                            (2) It shall not be an offense if the defendant was:
                            (a) A person in his or her own dwelling or place of business or on property owned or under his or her control at the time of the act of carrying; or
                            (b) A person in a private automobile or other private means of conveyance who carries a weapon for lawful protection of such person's or another's person or property while traveling; or
                            (c) A person who, at the time of carrying a concealed weapon, held a valid written permit to carry a concealed weapon issued pursuant to section 18-12-105.1, as it existed prior to its repeal, or, if the weapon involved was a handgun, held a valid permit to carry a concealed handgun or a temporary emergency permit issued pursuant to part 2 of this article; except that it shall be an offense under this section if the person was carrying a concealed handgun in violation of the provisions of section 18-12-214; or
                            (d) A peace officer, as described in section 16-2.5-101, C.R.S., when carrying a weapon in conformance with the policy of the employing agency as provided in section 16-2.5-101 (2), C.R.S.; or
                            (e) (Deleted by amendment, L. 2003, p. 1624, § 46, effective August 6, 2003.)
                            (f) A United States probation officer or a United States pretrial services officer while on duty and serving in the state of Colorado under the authority of rules and regulations promulgated by the judicial conference of the United States.
                            Source: L. 71: R&RE, p. 482, § 1. C.R.S. 1963: § 40-12-105. L. 73: p. 683, § 3. L. 77: (2)(c) amended and (2)(d) added, p. 976, § 8, effective July 1. L. 81: (2)(c) amended, p. 1437, § 3, effective June 8. L. 86: (2)(d) amended and (2)(e) added, p. 774, § 2, effective July 1. L. 89: (1)(d) added, p. 911, § 1, effective April 15. L. 93: Entire section amended, p. 964, § 1, effective July 1. L. 94: (2)(e) amended and (2)(f) added, p. 647, § 1, effective July 1. L. 2000: IP(2) amended, p. 1009, § 1, effective August 2. L. 2003: (2)(c) amended, p. 648, § 3, effective May 17; (2)(d) and (2)(e) amended, p. 1624, § 46, effective August 6.
                            Editor's note: (1) Section 11 of chapter 44, Session Laws of Colorado 2003, provides that the act amending subsection (2)(c) applies to offenses committed on or after May 17, 2003.
                            (2) Subsections (2)(d) and (2)(e) were contained in a 2003 act that was passed without a safety clause. For further explanation concerning the effective date, see page vii of this volume.
                            Cross references: For affirmative defenses generally, see §§ 18-1-407, 18-1-710, and 18-1-805.
                            The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

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                            • #15
                              The words "about the person" means sufficiently close to the person to be readily accessible for immediate use. People in Interest of R.J.A., 38 Colo. App. 346, 556 P.2d 491 (1976).
                              The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

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