SPD seizes illegal weapons

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 4, 2004

Selma police pulled six illegal weapons off the street during a routine DUI check. Albert Crum, 55, of Selma, was arrested in violation of a state law that requires a license to carry a pistol in a vehicle.

Crum, a city General Services employee, was arrested at a DUI checkpoint on the corner of Church Street and L.L. Anderson Avenue.

“Three of the weapons were in his vehicle at the time of the DUI checkpoint,” Selma Police Chief Robert Green said. “The weapons were in plain view, as I understand it.”

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Later, Crum turned over three more weapons to Detective David Hopkins when Hopkins questioned him about the firearms.

Crum claims to be a convicted felon and says he was arrested in 1977 on felony charges. He told police that he served two-and-a-half years for the crime.

“We’re probably going to have to run a criminal background check on him,” Green said.

Crum hasn’t had any recent problems with the law before this charge, Green said.

If he is a convicted felon, Crum could face additional federal charges. Convicted felons can’t legally possess any type of gun.

“At the current time we only have one charge,” Green said. “We are trying to get some clarification to see if in fact he was convicted of the crimes he claims he was.”

Crum possessed six weapons.

“Three of the weapons were in the vehicle at the time of the DUI checkpoint,” Green said. “The other ones we recovered at his residence.”

A .357 magnum handgun, a .22 derringer and the 12-gauge shotgun were all recovered at the checkpoint Thursday.

A .30-.30 rifle, a .22 rifle and a 410 shotgun were all recovered at his home.