Felon in Possession of Loaded Firearm Arrested

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Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

On June 17, 2021, around 8:30 pm, the Santa Barbara City Combined Communications Center received 9-1-1 calls about a subject walking in the area of State Street and Cabrillo Boulevard with a possible handgun concealed in their waistband. The subject was shirtless, and it appeared the hand grip portion of the firearm was visible to a witness calling 9-1-1.

Multiple Officers responded to the area and saw a subject matching the description, David W. Powell, a 40-year-old transient who was walking on the beach, east of Stearns Wharf near the waterline. It appeared Powell had observed the Officers approaching and discarded an item on the beach. Powell was detained at this time.

Upon further investigation, Officers located the discarded item and determined it was a loaded black and silver semi-automatic handgun. Powell was arrested and taken into custody without incident. The registered owner of the firearm could not be verified through Department of Justice databases.

Powell was booked in Santa Barbara County Jail for 25400 PC – Carrying a Concealed Firearm (felony), 29800 PC – Felon in Possession of a Firearm (felony), and 30305 PC – Felon in Possession of Ammunition (felony). His bail was set at $35,000.

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Sail380 Jun 21, 2021 10:19 PM
Felon in Possession of Loaded Firearm Arrested

Here is the part I don't get. DOJ database can not identify owner?? Why do we worry about background checks and registration if they don't keep accurate record's?

Henry Sarria Jun 22, 2021 10:42 AM
Felon in Possession of Loaded Firearm Arrested

Sail360, I hear you, but I gotta add, it might be a "ghost gun" such as the 1's we've been seein' pop up lately. Not makin' excuses for anyone, but as a responsible gun owner, I know the rigors of the paper trail & in cases like this, you gotta wonder if a "ghost gun" is the case.

Chip of SB Jun 22, 2021 12:21 PM
Felon in Possession of Loaded Firearm Arrested

California only started handgun registration relatively recently. Most states have no gun registration system. The feds only do background checks. The only record of the serial number of a gun that is sold would be kept by the dealer who sold it initially. After that, there would be no record of any further sales or transfers between private parties(legal in most states). Fun fact, felons are forbidden from possession of guns and per a court ruling they are exempt from registration requirements (if applicable) because requiring a prohibited person to register their firearm violates their firth amendment rights. Of course, they can still be charged with possessing it illegally.

Henry Sarria Jun 22, 2021 02:37 PM
Felon in Possession of Loaded Firearm Arrested

Sacjon, a "ghost gun" is a kit that is openly sold from a company in Las Vegas, NV. You order it & assemble it, you'll need some basic parts for it. The thing w/ it is there's no serial # on it, it comes down to you engraving a serial # & submitting it to the DoJ.
The recent arrest of the gun shop guy in IV, it yielded 4 ghost guns in his possession & those are only good for 1 thing: Untraceability.

Henry Sarria Jun 22, 2021 02:52 PM
Felon in Possession of Loaded Firearm Arrested

Chipofsb, Then there's that private party sale factor too. The only "flaw" I can see w/ that though is that serial # has to be on record somewhere, but it can get lost in the shuffle of things. This 1's got my curiosity going.

edney Jun 22, 2021 02:54 PM
Felon in Possession of Loaded Firearm Arrested

Maybe the serial number was filed off because its a stolen gun.
Maybe its a gun from a day when you didn't need to register handguns and it got stolen.
True ghost guns require either a 3D printer or a CNC mill, drill bits and mills and the software.
They sell an 80% lower which is really a block of plastic or aluminum that is lacking only the mill and drill out and then all of the parts like barrel, trigger assembly etc etc

JB86 Jun 22, 2021 03:31 PM
Felon in Possession of Loaded Firearm Arrested

Chip: Not true. CA DoJ started keeping records of sales of handguns at least as far back as 1982. The law now also requires all long-gun sales to be registered. ALL sales and transfers, including gun shows and family transfers in CA are also supposed to be reported to DoJ. The gun in question must have a S/N because the guy was not charged with the separate offense of possessing a firearm with an altered or removed S/N.
Very possible the weapon came from out of state.

Sail380 Jun 22, 2021 07:29 PM
Felon in Possession of Loaded Firearm Arrested

Not sure about it being a ghost gun. Looks like a S&W SD9. A relatively new model firearm that would fall into the registered firearm era. Probably stolen. For the last few years owners are required to report lost or stolen firearms.

Henry Sarria Jun 22, 2021 10:09 PM
Felon in Possession of Loaded Firearm Arrested

Sail380, yeah, looks like the model you mention, but they got ghost gun kits that are replicas of name brand models available. But, the possibility exists that the reason for the DoJ confusion was that it is a stolen gun & wasn't reported in the way the law prescribes.

Rypert Johnson Jun 21, 2021 10:56 PM
Felon in Possession of Loaded Firearm Arrested

So now the "houseless neighbors" who are convicted felons are acquiring firearms, right? Enough already? To Food Not Bombs Isla Vista, Bonfire Collective, Eco-Vista, UCSB FTP and all those other wacky cults disguised as organizations, you all happy?
It's a good thing the People's Park tent city is now long gone and a mere memory in time. Should've never happened in the fist place, but the good thing is at least, they got removed before any of them started carrying loaded firearms.
Mark my words, sooner than later one of these "houseless neighbors" is going to cost a life of an innocent person and when it happens, it will be the beginning of the end.
Whoever made the call to bust this guy, you are a true hero! The community owes you a debt of gratitude, thank you!

Sail380 Jun 22, 2021 11:16 AM
Felon in Possession of Loaded Firearm Arrested

RYPERT You mean like a couple years ago a homeless man in Ventura, walked into the Aloha Steak house stabbed and killed a man while having dinner with his family. Stabbed with his daughter sitting on his lap!!
With no deterrent it has gotten out of control, and they know it.

sacjon Jun 22, 2021 11:47 AM
Felon in Possession of Loaded Firearm Arrested

SAIL - Huh? There is "no deterrent" to murder? Do you think homeless people are out on a murder spree because they think nothing will happen to them? Weird reasoning there.

Sail380 Jun 22, 2021 01:05 PM
Felon in Possession of Loaded Firearm Arrested

OK SACJON, Ill go fishing with you. What stops most people from committing crimes? Could it be the deterrent of the justice system? For those that don't see that as deterrent, its open season.

PitMix Jun 22, 2021 01:06 PM
Felon in Possession of Loaded Firearm Arrested

Sail, what kind of deterrent would deter a crazy person? Or are you saying a sane rational person walks into a restaurant and stabs a stranger in the neck?

Unfortunately, our society has plenty of guns and crazy people, which means it is best to stay in our gated communities if we can afford them.

sacjon Jun 22, 2021 01:10 PM
Felon in Possession of Loaded Firearm Arrested

SAIL - ok, so punishment isn't always a deterrent to criminals. Yeah, pretty obvious and we all know that. Well then, what do you propose? Just do away with laws? Not sure what your point is here. Are you saying we need stricter laws? Homeless people don't get busted for murder? What is your point?

Not sure where I'm "fishing" here other than trying to figure out what your point is.

Byzantium Jun 22, 2021 03:57 PM
Felon in Possession of Loaded Firearm Arrested

More than a 72 hour lockdown for a "crazy person" is not only a deterrent, it is a mandatory health and safety action for the rest of us. Gt these people off the streets and into lockdown facilities with all their due process rights in tat. Stop stalling and stop making excuses. Game's over.

Sail380 Jun 22, 2021 07:44 PM
Felon in Possession of Loaded Firearm Arrested

Many of these homeless, mentally unstable and down on there luck people know jail is sometimes better than the street. I'm not for doing away with laws I am absolutely for enforcing laws. Maybe we should go back to one or two sentence laws. 10 were written several years ago that cover almost everything.

Henry Sarria Jun 22, 2021 10:40 AM
Felon in Possession of Loaded Firearm Arrested

Funny that the tent city in IV gets mention here on this topic. A few weeks before the closure began, a 1 of the residents there was spotted w/ an airsoft pistol that had the orange tip removed to make it look realistic. W/ that said, there's been way too many incidents of "brandishing" lately & some of those were w/ fake guns.
Now, bein' from FL, I gotta say, that ain't the thing you do in FL unless you wanna get shot, as brandishing is seen as a threat to life & if you're packin' real heat, you can use it in defense.
But this was a REAL gun, not a fake & the guy's a convicted felon, which begs to ask the question of "do felons obey the law?" In this case, definitely not.
I'm not against guns, but I'm against felons having guns & the circumstances in this case could've been deadly. Whoever made that call, dude, good call! But like I say to all my friends, be watchful, always somethin' goin' down somewhere. If you see somethin' that ain't normal, chances are it ain't, call the cops.

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