A Quincy man who allegedly told police he never goes anywhere without his gun made an exception in the Theater District Saturday night - and now he faces a criminal charge, and somebody out there has a free loaded semi-automatic weapon, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says.
John Murrett, 26, was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court this morning on a charge of improper storage of a firearm, the DA's office reports.
Murrett has a license to carry his Ruger LC9 semiautomatic handgun, but when bouncers at Club Royale found it on him during a patdown, they refused to let him in the club, the DA's office says.
Rather than give up a night out on the town, prosecutors say, Murrett walked a few blocks north of Tremont Street, found some bushes at a playground and secreted his gun under it. He then returned to the club and was allowed in, the DA's office says.
About three hours later, just after 1:30 Sunday morning, Murrett returned to the front door and asked the security personnel if anyone had turned in a firearm. He allegedly stated to the staff that it had been stolen from his car. When club personnel called Boston Police, however, Murrett allegedly told them that he had in fact hidden it in the bushes and that it was no longer there.
"I always carry a firearm everywhere I go," Murrett allegedly said when asked why he'd tried to bring a handgun into the nightclub. Murrett also allegedly told the officers that the firearm was loaded with “seven bullets in the mag and one in the chamber" when he last saw it.
Murrett was released on personal recognizance, the DA's office says.