Man Arrested for Pointing Loaded Gun at Motorist

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Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

Pedestrian-packed State Street Alarmed by Gun-Waving Aggressor, Police swiftly disarm rogue bodyguard brandishing weapon

On Thursday, July 19, 2018 at about 3:24 in the afternoon, the Santa Barbara Police Department Combined Communications Center was inundated with 911 calls reporting a rapidly escalating road rage incident involving the brandishing of a gun, happening in full view of the pedestrian-packed 1000 block of State Street.

Two men occupying the front seat of a southbound parked large purple-toned Lexus SUV verbally tangled with an older male victim who exited his now parked silver convertible two-door Porsche and hobbled with the assistance of a cane towards the two in the SUV.

The male driver of the SUV, later identified as Chris Michael Bair, a 34-year-old Orange County bodyguard, continued to yell and verbally threaten the victim.  In a fit of anger, the subject pointed a fully-loaded and bullet-chambered 40-caliber Glock handgun directly at the older man, claiming he had the right to do so because he posed a valid concealed carry permit.

Within minutes of the initial 911 report, numerous officers responded to the scene with lights and sirens. The first officers to arrive on scene discovered a vehicle matching the description of the one called in by witnesses and took the two subjects inside it into custody at gunpoint.

Subsequently, during the course of the investigation, multiple witness statements corroborated that the older man remained the victim throughout the confrontation.

Bair was booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail for brandishing of a gun and making felony terrorist threats toward the male victim, and remains there on $50,000 bail.

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d8vanilla Jul 19, 2018 09:56 PM
Man Arrested for Pointing Loaded Gun at Motorist

But, why would the older man get out of his car..... he should NOT have done that. Is there something I'm missing here? Was the bodyguard/ guy with the gun, actually working, and was the body guard for his passenger?

Bug Girl Jul 20, 2018 07:21 AM
Man Arrested for Pointing Loaded Gun at Motorist

It sounds like the SUV was being a jerk and the older dude got out to address the SUV driver being a jerk, and then they pulled a gun. Have you ever been tailgated and honked at and harrassed and just pulled over? It's scary when the person tailgating you pulls over too, for this reason.

a-1534664088 Jul 20, 2018 02:19 AM
Man Arrested for Pointing Loaded Gun at Motorist

"But, why would the older man get out of his car..... he should NOT have done that." Nice blaming of the victim. I'm sure he didn't expect someone to stick a gun in his face when he got out of his car ... which there's no reason in the world why he should not have done. "Was the bodyguard/ guy with the gun, actually working, and was the body guard for his passenger? " This is completely irrelevant ... and there's no particular reason to think either of those is true, but they might be.

Fishingbyrd Jul 19, 2018 09:13 PM
Man Arrested for Pointing Loaded Gun at Motorist

@YEPSB not only will he loose his CCW but, if the felony conviction sticks (which from the situation it odds are it will) Then he will never be able to own a gun again in his lifetime.

a-1534664088 Jul 19, 2018 07:35 PM
Man Arrested for Pointing Loaded Gun at Motorist

Knowing that people like this are out there with a CCW permit and think it gives them a "right" to do this, is very unsettling. Don't you have to take a class or show some knowledge of the law to get the permit? Obviously, it's not a very rigorous course. Wow, just wow.

horsegirl Jul 20, 2018 10:05 AM
Man Arrested for Pointing Loaded Gun at Motorist

Granted the course may not be all that rigorous, but a rigorous course will not be able to stop someone who has malicious intent or willful disobedience anyway. Of course some areas of this country have very poor gun laws, but some areas are taking the right steps. i get really frustrated with people who are (1) uneducated (2) act like they are so much more educated than everyone else (3) play upon fear and misinformation to push an agenda rather than using facts to have an open and honest discussion. This is why the country is more divided than ever before. Its white or black, yes or no, no laws or all the laws. Yes, we have a gun problem in America. Yes, some places need stricter laws. However, California is extremely regulated. You cannot just walk into a store and get a gun then pay $20 to get a concealed carry permit. There are rules and regulations and CCWs are not that easy to get. It's sad that with all the debate about gun control that people don't pay attention to what the laws actually are or understand that laws change from state to state and county to county. Maybe they should be universal, but that is not entirely up to me to decide, and this is not the forum for that

horsegirl Jul 20, 2018 09:19 AM
Man Arrested for Pointing Loaded Gun at Motorist

You're actually right. In Orange County and California, to obtain a CCW permit you must take a course. http://www.ocsd.org/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=24223 https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?sectionNum=26165.&lawCode=PEN

a-1534664088 Jul 20, 2018 02:22 AM
Man Arrested for Pointing Loaded Gun at Motorist

"Don't you have to take a class or show some knowledge of the law to get the permit?" No, not at all in this country. It's sad, after all the debate about guns, that anyone would not know this.

YepSB Jul 19, 2018 07:29 PM
Man Arrested for Pointing Loaded Gun at Motorist

We walked by this mess after he was in custody. Shall we put a price tag on this incident of Mr. "professional" bodyguard's tantrum? Easily half dozens squad cars involved and plenty more than that officers. The block shut down, tourists gawking (instead of shopping). So, does his concealed carry permit go "bye-bye" forever now? Does it? It damned well better. You shame and embarrass responsible gun owners Mr. Bair. Or at least you should.

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