On Sunday, August 19, Charles Arant, 73, of Tallahassee, Florida was arrested by the Tallahassee Police Department for pulling a gun on his neighbor’s family because he thought they were burglars. According to WTXL News; the neighbor told TPD that he was unpacking his car with his family at their home when Arant walked out of the bushes and held them at gunpoint while trying to determine if they were residents of the neighborhood.
The TPD’s report states that officers went to Arant’s home to speak with him. Another individual in Arant’s home answered the door and directed police toward Arant’s room where he was laying down. She said that Arant had been drinking excessively that day, which she claimed was a common occurrence.
When officers spoke to Arant, he told officers he had “at least three large drinks of 100 proof vodka when he heard sounds coming from his neighbor’s house.” He said he saw flashlights moving around the driveway, which prompted him to grab his revolver and see what was going on.
Arant said he then walked outside and confronted the people with his gun drawn. The neighbor identified the people in the driveway as his family and, since there was no burglary, Arant said he walked back to his house. – WTXL News
Arant was arrested and charged with FS 784.021(1)(a) – Aggravated Assault without intent to kill (felony 3rd degree) and FS 790.151(3) – Using firearm while under the influence of alcoholic beverages (misdemeanor 2nd degree).
He has since been released on a $3,500 bond. If found guilty, the aggravated assault charge will result in a loss of his gun rights under Florida law. In the mean time, he’s gained the title of our irresponsible gun owner of the day.