Ex-San Francisco 49er Glen Coffee, who faced gun possession charges (since withdrawn), talking to sacbee.com:
That’s funny to me because I feel like people fall in the area of judging, and it really hurts me that they’ll judge like that because in the end, they’ll hurt themselves.
But as far as the handgun, first of all, I’m human. I see nothing wrong with owning a gun. I actually like guns. I plan to collect guns in the future. I was in the process of collecting guns when I got arrested.
People say, ‘OK, if you’re a Christian, then you don’t need a gun. Christ will protect you. You will never be in trouble.’ I don’t understand that. Because if I’m going to have a gun in my car, I’m going to have a gun.
Now, if I buy a gun telling myself I plan to use the gun in the future, then there’s something wrong with that. But if I just want to have a gun in my car to have one in my car, I don’t see what’s wrong with that.
If you’re going to collect guns, that’s one thing. But why would you have one in your car?
Well, let me see here. In Tuscaloosa (Ala.), I had two instances where pretty much – in one instance a guy pretended he had a gun, and in another instance a guy attempted to rob me. That happened my sophomore year in college. So I purchased a gun. I put it in my car for safety reasons.
So then we go ahead on the timeline: I find Christ, but it’s almost like, I already had the gun in my car. I’m already riding around with a gun in my car. And just because I found Christ, I didn’t think in my head, ‘OK, I don’t need to have a gun in my car anymore.’ You know what I’m saying?
It’s almost (that) it wasn’t as big of a deal. It didn’t cross my mind to say, ‘I need to take the gun out of my car.’ If I had it in my car, I didn’t feel I needed to take it out of my car.