NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. — The Neptune Beach Police Department made a second arrest this month for carrying a concealed firearm into a local bar.
Olaf Brurberg Anderson IV, 24, was found by police carrying a loaded and chambered Springfield 9mm handgun inside Pete’s Bar on Fri., Sept. 15. A customer inside Pete’s noticed Anderson’s handgun. He alerted staff who in turn called police.
Anderson was placed under arrest and charged with carrying a concealed firearm in an establishment licensed to sell alcohol.
On Sept. 9, Shane Adcox, 55, was arrested for carrying a Glock 43 handgun into the same bar. In the arrest report, a witness noticed the firearm when Adcox raised his shirt to show the witness a surgical scar. After seeing the handgun, the witness contacted police.
“Contact was made with the listed subject inside Pete’s Bar consuming alcohol,” the arrest report read. “The suspect was escorted outside the establishment and detained. Listed Property #1 (Glock handgun) was located in the suspect’s right-side waistband.”
Neptune Beach police chief Michael Key said the situation could’ve gone south, quickly.
“It’s a perfect recipe -- it’s a powder keg,” Key said. “And all it’s going to take is just one little small match. That is potentially going to end someone’s life or forever change their life.”
Chief Key said there is no reason to bring a gun inside a bar.
“Our big thing is this, come to the beaches, come to Neptune Beach, enjoy our establishments,” Key said. “If you are going to decide to go into a bar whose specifically only intent is to serve you alcohol, there is nothing else there other than alcohol then don’t carry the firearm inside there.”
Neptune Beach Police have said that while the new concealed carry laws have recently changed in Florida as of Jul. 1, 2023, it is very important that everyone understands the law and how you can and cannot legally carry a firearm.
The law has chief Key concerned because he doesn’t know if people fully understand it.
“The issue here is the education aspect is no longer a requirement so it’s on the citizen for them to be informed on where they can or can’t go,” Key said.
In a message to the public, NBPD released the following statement:
“Drinking inside a bar with a firearm is a recipe for disaster. The NBPD has a zero tolerance for this type of violation. You will be arrested and your arrest will be highlighted on our social media platforms. If you’re going to drink, leave the gun at home!”
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