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Mason City man caught with un-permitted, concealed handgun, intoxicated outside his business



This news story was published on September 6, 2016.
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MASON CITY – Mason City police responded to a report of an intoxicated man at his liquor store and ended up arresting the owner after an un-permitted .45 handgun was found in his possession.

The incident took place on September 5 at 10:30 PM, when Mason City police officers were called to 719 North Federal, home to Don’s Liquor and Tobacco. Officers were sent there to check on a report of a woman trying to help a suspected intoxicated employee inside the establishment, which was open for business.

Officers arrived and verified the initial report, but by that time, both subjects were now outside the business. At the scene, officers encountered the owner of the liquor store, 47-year-old Francis Gill, who was unable to suggest someone for officers to contact to come care for him, as he appeared to be intoxicated.

As a result, officers arrested Francis Gill for Public Intoxication. During the investigation, officers discovered Gill had a concealed .45 handgun in his waistband at time of arrest. Gill did not have a valid CCW permit. He was charged with carrying a dangerous weapon. He was taken to the county jail and later released, pending a court date.

Gill, Francis

Gill, Francis

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11 Responses to Mason City man caught with un-permitted, concealed handgun, intoxicated outside his business

  1. Sad But True Reply Report comment

    September 7, 2016 at 7:27 am

    yes, you have to pay a fee to exersize your constitutional right! Why?

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      September 7, 2016 at 7:41 am

      Great question.

    • Allen Reply Report comment

      September 7, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      It’s like paying a fee to own/drive your car, the government wants your money.

  2. Run while you can Reply Report comment

    September 6, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Too bad. Stopped in there once to patronize the place. Inventory was very limited but he was a very nice guy and I always love small business owners going up against the HyVees of the world.

  3. North of the North Reply Report comment

    September 6, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    His front door was kicked in a couple of weeks ago.

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 6, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    as a business owner you can carry at your own establishment without permit, drunk or not. i’m guessing they nabbed him in the street or else i cant see how they could charge him.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      September 6, 2016 at 7:05 pm

      There’s a difference between owning a gun, and it being accessible, and sitting outside, drunk, with a gun concealed in your waistband.

  5. Allen Reply Report comment

    September 6, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    I won’t stick up for his stupidity, but in that neighborhood you need to carry. You need to keep your powder dry, Ahmed, aka Francis.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      September 7, 2016 at 8:35 am

      true, but a man can sit in his front yard, rifle in one hand, miller in the other, all day long and be well within his rights. it is not until he sets foot on public ground that intoxication and lack of carry permit becomes a problem.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        September 7, 2016 at 8:53 am

        oh, uh, i responded to the wrong post.

  6. Watchdog Reply Report comment

    September 6, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Something tells me his real name is Francis.