Concealing the Risk
Real-World Effects of Lax Concealed Weapons Laws
Section One: Crimes Committed After Licensure
|Name of License Holder
|Pedro R. Almaguer
||Adjudication withheld on felonies–grand larceny, odometer fraud, and title fraud
|David C. Ditman
||Adjudication withheld on felonies–bookmaking and possession of gambling paraphernalia
||Adjudication withheld on a felony–animal fighting
Pedro R. Almaguer
Grand Larceny, Odometer Fraud, Title FraudPedro R. Almaguer was issued a concealed weapons license in October 1988 and had it renewed in 1991 and 1994. In August 1992 Almaguer was charged with eight counts of grand theft, 12 counts of odometer fraud, 11 counts of title fraud, and one count of conspiracy to commit odometer fraud. Six months later Almaguer had adjudication withheld on charges of grand larceny, odometer fraud, and title fraud. Almaguer’s license was revoked in August 1995ï¿½two years and six months after his sentencing. Under Florida law Almaguer will be able to legally reapply for a concealed weapons license once three years have elapsed since probation or any other conditions set by the court.
David C. Ditman
Bookmaking and Possession of Gambling ParaphernaliaDavid Ditman was issued a concealed weapons license in November 1993. In October 1994 Ditman was arrested on charges of bookmaking, possession of gambling paraphernalia, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. The gun charge was later dropped and Ditman had adjudication withheld on the other charges. Ditman’s license was revoked in September 1995. Under Florida law Ditman will be able to legally reapply for a concealed weapons license once three years have elapsed since probation or any other conditions set by the court.
Animal FightingEddy Pericles was issued a concealed weapons license in 1990 and had it renewed in April 1993. In August 1993 Pericles had adjudication withheld on charges of animal fighting and was sentenced to 18 months probation. He was released from probation in February 1995. According to hearing documents, Pericles was also arrested in January 1990 for aggravated assault after firing shots during an argument with another man he had accused of dating his girlfriend. No action was taken on the charges. In December 1995 – two years and four months after Pericles was adjudicated – it was revoked. Under Florida law Pericles will be eligible to legally reapply for a license in 1998.
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