Jets’ Chris Johnson arrested

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Jets running back Chris Johnson has been arrested in his hometown of Orlando, Florida.

PFT has confirmed a report that Johnson was arrested on Friday for open carrying of a firearm, a second degree misdemeanor.

A league source tells PFT that Johnson does have a license to carry in Florida. But this arrest wasn’t just for carrying, it was for open carrying.

Johnson was once among the best running backs in football, and was the NFL’s offensive player of the year after setting an NFL record with 2,509 yards from scrimmage with the Titans in 2009. But he’s largely been a disappointment on the field in recent years.

Johnson signed a two-year, $4 million contract with the Jets last year, and after he ran for a career-low 663 yards and one touchdown last season, it’s entirely possible that the new coach and General Manager in New York will decide Johnson isn’t even worth $2 million a year anymore. This arrest won’t help his cause.

36 responses to “Jets’ Chris Johnson arrested

  1. Nothing to see here. He has a conceal carry license but was probably carrying in an open holster. He had every right to carry a firearm just not openly. He’ll pay the fine and move on.

  2. Was he going hunting, fishing or camping? Only legal way to open carry in Florida. I’m gonna guess no……

  3. The amount of money in your bank account or your professional status doesn’t make you immune from the law, they are the same for all. When will these people learn that? Some never will, like this guy.

  4. Thought that he wasn’t too bright. Having a gun on you when you’re not a law enforcement officer pretty much confirms it, license or no license.

  5. Country is messed up, I used to walk down the street with a shotgun when I was 10 and have no problem as long as I had my license and parent and by myself at 15. Now guys with licenses are getting arrested. Sad.

  6. Love all the high and mighty holier than thou commenters. I’ve had a license to carry in PA for a year and I’m still trying to interpret half the laws and what I can and can’t do. I highly doubt he was out robbing a liquor store, at least he got a license like a law abiding citizen and – in guessing- misunderstood how he can or can’t carry the weapon

  7. Black guy carries a gun in FL, arrested for misdemeanor. White guy carries a gun, disobeys cops’ instructions, shoots and kills unarmed kid with skittles, Freedom!

    Florida, you’re doing it wrong. Smh

  8. Thought that he wasn’t too bright. Having a gun on you when you’re not a law enforcement officer pretty much confirms it, license or no license.
    Well, if you say so we will all dispose of our firearms…..smh

  9. i, flounder says:
    Jan 10, 2015 1:25 PM

    apparently florida hasn’t heard of the second amendment.

    Actually, we have, and the “facts” of the story just make it more confusing. All of the following can be found on Florida Statute 790.

    The only normal activity with a handgun that’s prohibited to Florida, even to legal gun owners, is open carry. There are three very specific conditions (hunting, fishing, going to and from a gun rage) where open carry of handguns is permitted. Driving in your car is not one of them.

    According to the ESPN version of this story, he had the gun on the floor of his vehicle, un-holstered. Florida law is very specific: carrying in a car requires that a weapon be encased in such a way that the driver has to make “two moves” to get to the weapon. If he had the gun in his console or glove compartment, and even better, in a holster, he would have been perfectly legal.

    The story also mentions Johnson’s version of the story, which makes no sense:

    His licensed and registered firearm was found under a book bag under a seat instead of locked up, resulting in the charge for “open” carrying.

    You’re not required to have a weapon “locked up” in a vehicle. This is a summary of Florida law regarding vehicles:

    Handguns – must be either “securely encased” or not immediately available for use. “Securely encased” means in a glove compartment, whether or not locked; snapped in a holster; in a gun case, whether or not locked; in a zippered gun case; or in a closed box or container which requires a lid or cover to be opened for access. Carry of a (h)andgun on one’s person inside a vehicle without a license is not permitted (except in the case of open carry in accordance with the law outlined above). Once a handgun is securely encased, it can be stored anywhere inside the vehicle and is not limited to just the glove compartment/center console.

    If Johnson was guilty of anything, it was not having the weapon properly secured according to state law. How the police found the gun and under what condition it was found is going to depend on who you’re asking. Even if you accept Johnson’s story, he technically was in violation of Florida law.

    The other major inaccuracy of this story is the “licensed and registered” part. First of all, legal gun owners (over 21, no felonies, no drug/alcohol abuse, etc) are not required to register guns in Florida. In fact, the Florida constitution prohibits the creation of any list or database of weapons legally owned by Florida citizens.

    Johnson would be required to have a concealed carry permit if he wished to carry the gun on his person, even while in the car. But if he doesn’t have one (which no one seems to make clear), he can still carry the weapon in his vehicle as long as it’s not on his person.

    At worst, he violated the part of the law that requires the gun to be encased.

    This is probably tl;dr for a lot of people, but, as usual, the “facts” being reported defy the reality of Florida law.

    We do know the Second Amendment here, and we’re very serious in supporting it.

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