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Virginia man arrested for carrying a concealed weapon while playing pool

May 29, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

When a 23-year-old Virginia man visited Chicago this week, he wasn't sure how safe the big city would be, so he brought his grandfather's handgun with him, according to police officials.

That decision, and the decision to lean across a pool table in Union Station's Metro Deli while wearing it in his waistband Tuesday afternoon, landed him in jail.

James McManaway of Front Royal, Va., was arrested at the train station's bar and restaurant while he was drinking a beer and playing pool, according to the police report, after a bartender noticed the gun and her colleague notified police.

When police arrived, the report said they asked McManaway whether he was carrying any items he wasn't supposed to, and he responded, "Um, maybe, I might have a pistol."

McManaway appeared at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse Wednesday afternoon and was charged with unlawful use of a weapon in a liquor establishment, and held on $25,000 bond.

According to the police report, he told officers that "the gun was a gift from his grandfather and he felt safer in the big city with the gun on his person."

Illinois is the only state that does not allow residents to carry certain concealed weapons, but that might change soon; the Illinois General Assembly has until June 9 to draft a bill legalizing carrying a concealed weapon.

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