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Man arrested on gun charges after Decatur traffic stop

Man arrested on gun charges after Decatur traffic stop

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DECATUR — Police say a 23-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after officers found a loaded handgun during a traffic stop. 

In a sworn affidavit, police said members of the department's Community Action Team conducted a traffic stop in the 1400 block of West Marietta Street, speaking to the man and his 19-year-old female passenger. The initial reason for the traffic stop was not described in the affidavit. 

Police said they saw a Glock 19 handgun under the driver's seat. It had what police described as "a mostly full magazine inserted with no round in the chamber." The man's Firearm Owners Identification card had been revoked, and the passenger did not have a FOID card, the affidavit said.  

Police later executed a search warrant at the man's residence, where officers said they found an assault rifle and a backpack with a 50-round 9mm Glock magazine, as well as four boxes of ammunition. 

The man acknowledged owning the guns and said he was aware of the revoked FOID, the affidavit said. 

He was arrested on preliminary charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and having a firearm with a revoked FOID card, and was later released after posting $1,000 cash bond. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office. 

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