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Handgun found During Traffic Stop, Corona Resident Arrested

On Tuesday, November 7, at about 7:35 p.m., officers from the Riverside County Region-8 Gang Task Force made a traffic stop on a vehicle with no taillights and expired vehicle registration in the 1200 block of E. Ontario Avenue.

The driver was found to be driving with a suspended license. During the initial contact with the occupants of the car, the backup officer noticed the front seat passenger reaching for a bag under his seat that was later found to have a handgun magazine loaded with .40 caliber ammunition inside. Once it was determined no one in the car had a valid license, officers did an inventory search of the car since it was going to be towed to a local tow facility.

During the inventory search, an unloaded .40 caliber handgun was found under the front passenger’s seat, in close proximity to the bag that had the loaded handgun magazine (the law requires ammunition must be stored separate from, and not immediately accessible to any occupants of the vehicle, and any guns, which must be in a locked container, while being transported in a vehicle). A records check of the front seat passenger, identified as David Anthony Aguirre, a 36-year-old Corona resident, revealed the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Firearms, has designated him as being prohibited from possession of the gun located under his seat.

Aguirre was taken into custody for investigation of violations of California Penal Code section 25850(a), Carrying a Loaded Firearm in a Public Place and Penal Code section 25400(a)(1), Carrying a Concealed Weapon in a Vehicle. He was later issued a notice to appear on those charges after being booked at the Corona Police Department Jail Facility.

Riverside County court records show that Aguirre is currently out on bail, pending another case from earlier this year involving charges of carrying a concealed, loaded firearm in a public place, hit and run, evading police and other charges.

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