Louis Murphy no longer facing charge for carrying concealed weapon

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Former Buccaneers wide receiver Louis Murphy was arrested at Tampa International Airport earlier this year after a loaded gun was discovered in his backpack when he went through security before a flight.

Murphy faced a felony charge of possession of a concealed firearm as a result of the arrest, but the matter has been resolved. Prosecutors dropped the charge by issuing a letter of release last Friday.

Murphy’s attorney Darryl Rouson told Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times that his client was “extremely regretful” about what he termed Murphy’s inadvertent mistake. Rouson said that Murphy has taken a gun safety class since the arrest, which he says came about because he forgot he put the gun in his bag to keep it out of reach of his daughter.

Murphy was released by the Bucs last November after an extended absence due to a knee injury. He’s free to sign with any team, but there hasn’t been any word of interest this offseason.

9 responses to “Louis Murphy no longer facing charge for carrying concealed weapon

  1. must be nice to say sorry and walk away from it.

    If it was me or you we would be sitting in jail eating our poo for a couple years.

  2. Never store a gun loaded. Your an idiot and give all gun owners a bad name. His license to carry or even own a firearm should be revoked. The right to bear arms is a fundamental part of our constitution and people like this makes it harder and harder to defend this right.

  3. How dumb to you have to be to forget about your LOADED gun in your backpack at an AIRPORT?

  4. His story is BS. It means either he routinely hides it from his daughter in a backpack that he didn’t bother to actually pack or unpack for his trip or he packed the bag and purposefully left the gun in it.

  5. Two items in my opinion — Money must have changed hands and how dumb do you have to be to forget where your or one of you weapons are.

  6. I shoot competitively in 2 pistol leagues. I also shoot at skeet and trap competitions. All my guns are unloaded and locked in my gun safe, except for the loaded 9 mm under my bed, which is in a bio-metric safe that can be opened in seconds with my thumb imprint. Keeping a loaded gun in a backpack to hide from young eyes in only inviting trouble.

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