A 17-year-old in Houston, Texas, was charged with littering after he reportedly threw a gun out of a car window while being pulled over by police.
17-year-old Anthony Gutierrez, with 18-year-old Rosemary Flores riding as his passenger, were pulled over by police earlier this week. Officers saw the teenager throw a gun out of his window as they approached the car, and arrested him for unlawful firearm possession. Gutierrez admitted to throwing the loaded gun out of the window
However, when police brought him and approached two assistant DA about charges, they refused to charge him with illegally possessing a firearm, saying that “It’s not a crime, he was just abandoning the gun.” In order to confiscate the firearm from the teenager, the officer charged him with littering.
Since the incident gained traction in the media, DA spokesperson Dane Schiller issued a statement saying Gutierrez will face an additional charge:
“We have taken an additional look at this matter and today filed a charge against the 17-year-old driver of carrying a handgun in a vehicle, in this case, the violation being that the weapon was in plain view as opposed to being concealed. This is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.”