Prosecutors decided to drop charges against NFL free agent Chris Johnson this week for a January gun arrest in Orlando, according to court records.
The Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office stated that, “this case is not suitable for prosecution.”
The 29-year-old athlete was stopped on the night of Jan. 9 for running a stop sign while driving with a friend, when an Orlando police officer noticed a pistol on the floor between Johnson’s feet, according to reports.
The weapon was apparently a 20-shot Belgian pistol that fires a high-velocity 5.7 mm bullet that can pass through tactical vests worn by police officers. These handguns are legal to own, but police claim that Johnson also had a 9mm Glock pistol in a backpack next to his feet.
Orlando police charged him with open carry of a firearm, but Johnson said he had a valid concealed weapon permit.
Johnson played most recently for the New York Jets and was dropped last season.
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