Dwayne Ferguson

Well-known community anti-gun activist arrested on felony gun charges

Gotta make you smile: Associates defend man who had gun in school

He was a well-known face in the movement for the SAFE Act, the state law that made carrying a gun on school property a felony. He was also a familiar presence in the hallways of the city’s Harvey Austin Elementary School, where he worked in the after-school program and mentored students.

No one imagined that on Thursday he would show up at the school in possession of a gun, touching off an hours-long lockdown, search and ultimately his arrest on two felony charges…

He was among local activists who stood with Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes last year lobbying for a law that would make possessing a gun on school property a felony.

Dwayne FergusonIf convicted, he could serve up to four years in jail. Don’t hold your breath on that.

It’s not clear who called 911. The cynic in Murdoc wonders if it might not have been someone less than thrilled with Ferguson’s anti-gun drama who saw a chance to nail him.

Many of those opposed to open carry, for instance, call the cops with a “man with gun” report every time they see one, using the system to harass people who aren’t doing anything wrong. Total speculation on Murdoc’s part, but this could have been right out of that playbook.