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Donnelly Thanks Supporters on Facebook After Gun Citation

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly thanked his supporters on his Facebook page after he was caught with a loaded gun in his luggage at the airport.

State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly thanked his supporters on Facebook for sticking by him and said they have "every right" to be upset after he was .

Donnelly said that he was carrying the gun because of death threats he'd been receiving related to his attempt to , which allows illegal immigrants in California to apply for college financial aid.

Donnelly told the Huffington Post he'd hidden the gun in his briefcase so his wife wouldn't see it, and t.

Here's what Donnelly wrote on his Facebook page Thursday:

I cannot put into words my gratitude for the overwhelming outpouring of support. You have been a great encouragement to me, and your prayers have sustained me and my family through difficult days. To those who are upset with me, you have every right to express that. It's a free country! Godspeed, Tim Donnelly

Anthony Bader January 06, 2012 at 07:43 AM
Tyler, now that you mention it... I just "Googled" Tim Donnelly's biography. Donnelly has five children! I have two children... and personally, that is adequate motivation to ensure that I always secure my firearm.
Hazel Lodevico-To'o January 06, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Hello all, The Citizens Redistricting Commission’s final certified district maps were approved in August. However, they are scheduled to take effect for the June 2012 primary elections.
Anthony Bader January 06, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Thanks for the clarification. So if I've interpreted your comment correctly, we are stuck with Donnelly until the June 2012 primary?
Bill C. January 06, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Tyler, different scenarios, criminal records and different states determine bail and arrest versus cite relaese. The one rapper was an ex-felon with a gun so he's in a way different classification than the others. Just about all agencies have the ability to cite release on crimes that aren't felonies. Donnelly, I would guess, doesn't have a criminal record and was probably ok for cite reelease. You could compare what happened to him to others detained under the exact same type of scenarion at Ontario but really can't at other locations. I'm not a big Donnelly guy and his excuse for his stupidity is just that, an excuse. A second time conviction for CCW is a felony, he needs to smarten up and be a lot more careful.
scott January 11, 2012 at 10:22 PM
@ Glen.. Well stated. I agree completely, let it go people. There are FAR more important issues that warrant this kind of energy.

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