There’s no fun in carrying a toy gun into a public place like the YMCA, a judge warned a man caught with the fake, although realistic, weapon.
Judge Donovan Dvorak warned the offender that carrying a concealed gun — albeit a toy — is a good way to get yourself hurt if police come across it, people feel threatened and "one thing leads to another."
"You’re well beyond toy guns, you’re well past that age, don’t do it," Dvorak said on Thursday while sentencing the man.
Crown attorney Brett Rach said 20-year-old Logan Merrick was arrested by police as he entered the YMCA, around 8 p.m. on March 29, because they knew he had a warrant for arrest for breach of probation.
He was searched and found with a fake black handgun tucked into the waistband of his pants. It was realistic in that it had "slideable action" and a fake clip inside, Rach said.
"It’s concerning that he’s taking this into the YMCA, a family place, particularly at that time of night," Rach remarked.
Merrick’s lawyer, Philip Sieklicki, said there was no criminal purpose behind his client carrying the toy gun.
The young man had spent 23 days in jail prior to dealing with the weapon charge and the original charges of failing to report to probation and failing to attend court.
Dvorak fined Merrick $250 for carrying a concealed weapon, and put him on probation for a year.
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