BSA Chief Executive busted
Doug Roach (djroach@IX.NETCOM.COM)
Mon, 28 Apr 1997 09:06:08 -0400
Saw the following in this morning's (Monday) Miami Herald.
Bottom of the front page--- local section.
Just thought it might interest the group...
Published Monday, April 28, 1997, in the Miami Herald
Top Boy Scout official concealed gun, cops say
By FRANCES ROBLES
Herald Staff Writer
The nation's No. 1 Boy Scout was arrested Sunday at Miami
International Airport and accused of trying to bring a loaded revolver
onto a flight bound for Jacksonville.
Jere B. Ratcliffe, chief executive of the Boy Scouts of
America, was picked up at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Concourse G. Metro-Dade
police said he placed his bag on the security X-ray belt -- then it
popped up on the screen showing the silhouette of a gun.
When security guards opened the bag, they found a loaded
.32-caliber revolver, Sgt. David Creelman said. Ratcliffe, 59, of South
Lake, Texas, was charged with carrying a concealed firearm, a
``Most people forget it was there, that's the bottom
line,'' Creelman said. ``We don't have much choice in these situations.
We have to make the arrest.''
Creelman said Ratcliffe does not have a Florida concealed
weapons permit. If he had one, he still would not have been allowed to
bring the revolver into the airport terminal.
To carry a gun onto an airplane legally, a passenger would
have to notify the airline and arrange to have it stored securely in the
plane's belly, Creelman said.
Ratcliffe's arrest form doesn't say whether he has a permit
to carry a weapon in his home state. Such a permit would not have made
it legal for him to carry it in Florida, Creelman said.
Scott Tear, Ratcliffe's administrative assistant, said he
had not heard from Ratcliffe.
``I do know [Ratcliffe] is on the road, but I don't know
where he is,'' Tear said. ``I've only been in this position for a few
days and don't know if he usually carries a firearm. I don't see any
reason why he would.''
Ratcliffe was released Sunday evening after posting a
$5,000 bond, jail officials said.
It should be noted that such an event down here will usually receive
little notice. You see in Miami, only LOCAL Scouts, Scouters,
travellers, operators of motor vehicles, pastors, school children,
people who can walk upright, and babes-in-arms are expected or allowed
to carry concealed firearms. (In Miami, your concealed weapon permit is
issued with your birth-certificate.)
For those on the list who have ties to South Florida Council, the most
senior Scout executive was in town for the retirement party for our own
outgoing Scout Executive, Ross McGill. (Thanks, Ross. Maybe now your
golf game will improve! :-)
SA Troop 10
South Florida Council
"Got to keep the loonies on the Path..."
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