Most people are probably familiar with the standard criminal and misdemeanor charges. However, we forget that the body of statutes in North Carolina is dense with offenses that many of us don’t even know exist and which may have been on the books for eons. On May 28, a North Carolina woman discovered just how complicated our system of laws can be when she was arrested on gun charges that even the police admit are rarely used.
The arrest stemmed from an incident that reportedly occurred outside the woman’s home in Smithfield at around 9:30 p.m. Police say a large fight broke out in the street and the 23-year-old woman allegedly pulled a .22-caliber rifle out of her car and began pointing it at the crowd. If her intent was simply to break up the fight and restore the peace, it worked. When police arrived at the scene most of those involved in the fight had dispersed. Very few people remained. The woman was arrested and charged with going armed to the terror of the public.