Man arrested with revolver at county courthouse

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville man found out Tuesday afternoon that .38 caliber revolvers and metal detectors don't mix.

Ruben Moland, 48, was arrested at the entrance of the Gwinnett County Justice and Administration Center and charged with trying to get the handgun passed security.

Moland brought the .38 revolver into the courthouse in a case and was caught by Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department deputies at a screening station.

"It came through X-ray and we caught it," said Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais. "It's exactly how that's supposed to work."

Moland told police his girlfriend had purchased the gun from a pawn shop, and he was under the impression the weapon had to be registered at the courthouse, Bourbonnais said.

Investigators found that Moland is a convicted felon. They also discovered prescription painkillers on him that weren't in an original container, Bourbonnais said.

Jail records show that Moland was arrested in Gwinnett in February 2000 for burglary and check fraud. He was booked again five years later for stalking and violating his probation, according to records. Bourbonnais said he was convicted in Gwinnett of burglary, a felony.

Moland was charged Tuesday with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a controlled substance not in an original container.

According to Bourbonnais, he had no business with a gun at Gwinnett's government center.

"The only thing applied for at the courthouse is a carrying permit," which gun owners do at Probate Court, Bourbonnais said. "There is no gun-register law in Georgia."

Moland was taken into custody without incident, Bourbonnais said.