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Man arrested for having concealed weapon despite legally carrying gun in Florida

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Published on Jan 29, 2013

Joel Smith was arrested for legally carrying a concealed firearm after he was pulled over for an expired tag. The dashcam video showed a Citrus County deputy arresting Joel Smith. After being pulled over and getting out of the vehicle, The officer saw something visible in his back pocket. Immediately the officer pulled his sidearm and said:

"Put your hands right up, or I'll shoot you in the (expletive) back," Cox said. "Get down on the (expletive) ground now."

The officer very clearly said that he did not care if Joel had a permit or not.

The United Sportsmen of Florida calls it an overreaction.

"A law enforcement officer losing it and abusing a law-abiding citizen who had done nothing wrong, and was doing anything he could to cooperate," said Marion Hammer, of the United Sportsmen of Florida.

When the case got to the courthouse, the state attorney declined to prosecute, saying there was little chance a jury would convict.

Florida law was changed in 2011 to say the brief viewing of a gun in a non-threatening manner is not a crime. United Sportsmen said Smith's case and another are proof Florida needs to do more.

"They're arguing that the accidental exposure was not brief," Hammer said.

The charges against Smith were dropped 17 days after the arrest. Cox has been put on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

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