Something missing in barbershop trial story

08/26/2014 8:08 AM

08/27/2014 11:45 AM

Re "Verdict a big victory for lawyer" (Our Region, Aug. 26): While I am happy that a jury acquitted Larry Dean Jones, Jr. of all charges in the Dec. 14, 2010 barbershop murder trial, this troubled me: "He fired his handgun only when somebody fired a couple of rounds in his direction."

Nowhere have I read that Jones has a permit to carry a gun, and I assume that it was concealed. Unless he has such a permit, he should have been charged accordingly. Are we living in the Old West where a person could be waiting for a haircut and the person next to him has a gun on them? If so, at least back then you would have been able to see it and discreetly get on your horse and go down the street to another barbershop.

Really, I thought it was illegal to carry a gun.

-- Paul Adler, Roseville

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