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Story last updated at 3:57 PM on Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Man arrested on weapons charges

Alaska State Troopers last week arrested a 22-year-old man for possessing a sawed-off shotgun and not immediately notifying a law enforcement officer he had a concealed weapon.

William L. Harris-Tucker was charged with third-degree misconduct involving weapons for possessing a prohibited weapon, fifth-degree misconduct involving weapons for not notifying a trooper of a concealed weapon, and sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, marijuana.

According to a complaint by Trooper David Chaffin, at about 5:10 p.m. March 5, Chaffin made a traffic stop on Harris-Tucker near Mile 153 Sterling Highway after he saw a driver in a black Ford Focus crossing the centerline.

Chaffin said Harris-Tucker told him he had a handgun in the driver's side door pocket and a handgun next to his passenger, another man, in the passenger's side door pocket. Harris-Tucker said "he might" have a handgun in his jacket behind him on the driver's seat.

When Harris-Tucker got out of the car, Chaffin saw a silver Keltec handgun in Harris-Tucker's pants waistband near his right arm. Alaska law requires a person with a concealed weapon to immediately inform a trooper or police officer that he or she has a handgun.

Chaffin also wrote that Harris-Tucker told him he had a bottle of personal-use marijuana in his pants pocket and an illegal short-barrel shotgun in the car. Chaffin found the marijuana on Harris-Tucker, and when he searched the car, Chaffin also found a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun with a pistol grip and a barrel Chaffin said measured 15 inches, less than the 18 inches minimum barrel length for a legal shotgun.