Man arrested with stolen gun: “Someone must have put it in there”

Staff report

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Christopher Eric McCullum, 26, was arrested yesterday after a stolen gun was reportedly found in his car.

An Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputy conducted a traffic stop on the car driven by McCullum at about 12:20 p.m. yesterday at 4310 SE Hawthorne Road for a window tint violation. The deputy reported that he verified that the window tint was illegal and was able to smell marijuana coming from the car.

A probable cause search of McCullum’s car reportedly produced a loaded firearm under the passenger seat with the serial number filed down and almost unreadable. The gun had recently been reported stolen in Alachua County.

Post Miranda, McCullum reportedly said he’d only had the car for about a month and didn’t know the gun was in the car. He said, “Someone must have put it in there.” However, he was reportedly unable to tell the deputy anything about the purchase of the car except that it was a private seller.

McCullum has been charged with possession of an altered firearm and possession of a concealed firearm without a permit. He has one misdemeanor conviction for petit theft. McCullum was released on his own recognizance.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

  • Another menace to society with a bright future ahead of him sitting in a jail cell at taxpayers expense.

  • The altered serial number on the gun is a serious federal issue. In Florida, I thought one could conceal a gun in your car without a concealed permit unless you were a felon?

  • Must have been a MAGA republican NRA member who put it ‘there’. Don’t ya think?

  • Sound familiar? “Someone else must have put it in there.”

    How many times have we heard something like that of late?

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