Judge rejects suspect's claims of ignorance

Judge rejects suspect's claims of ignorance

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - "Ignorance of the law is not an excuse."

Craighead County District Judge Keith Blackman imparted those words of wisdom Monday to a man who claimed he did not know weapons are banned on the Arkansas State University campus.

After sharing that bit of advice, Blackman found probable cause to charge Shannon Scott Grant, 33, of Poplar Bluff with possession of a handgun on school property, a Class D felony.

University police arrested Grant Saturday night after he flagged them down on the parking lot of the Convocation Center, 217 Olympic Dr.

Grant claimed a woman had taken his truck keys and medication and would not give them to him.

Police reported Grant was "visibly intoxicated, slurring his words and having to lean against his truck to stand."

The officers then spoke with the woman in question who said she and Grant had been involved in an argument.

"She then stated that the defendant had a loaded firearm in the vehicle and a floor safe that contained the medication," the affidavit stated.

When police searched the vehicle, they reported finding a Beretta PX4 loaded with 14 live rounds of ammunition in the door pocket.

Initially Grant told the officers he had a concealed weapons permit; but later admitted he did not.

Grant told police "he was carrying it as his Second Amendment right," the affidavit said.

Blackman set his bond at $1,500.

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