Dwayne Ferguson, who has spent several decades promoting non-violence and is the leader of the anti-violence organization Mad Dads, was arrested Thursday for bringing a loaded gun to a school.
According to police, Mr. Ferguson brought a loaded handgun to Harvey Austin Elementary school on Thursday, prompting a multi-hour lockdown.
Mr. Ferguson was subsequently arrested and on Friday pleaded not guilty in court after being "charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, including having a loaded weapon on school grounds."
According to Mr. Ferguson, who spoke to the press, he stated that he simply "did not realize" that he brought a loaded weapon into a school full of children.
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Some supporters of Ferguson believed that it was a "mistake" that he had not intended.
"I’m sure Dwayne went into the school not thinking he had the gun on him,” Rev. James E. Giles stated. Giles is a friend of Ferguson and president of Back to Basics Outreach Ministries. “We know this for a fact, that he called out to a Buffalo police lieutenant asking why the school was in lockdown, and that they were looking for a man with a gun."
Mr. Ferguson, a member of Mad Dads, has been very vocal about New York's SAFE Act, of which he is a supporter. In fact, he stood with a New York Assemblywoman who was lobbying to make possession of a firearm on school property a felony.
He faces up to four years in prison, based on the laws he pushed.