Officers arrest man with sawed-off shotgun in San Luis Obispo

January 8, 2022


San Luis Obispo police officers arrested two men Friday morning after finding them in a creek with drugs and a sawed-off shotgun.

A 911 caller reported seeing two males with a shotgun near Murray Avenue and Santa Rosa Street. Officers arrived at to find Rye Wardlaw, 44, with a sawed-off shotgun and Craig Perry, 53, in possession of methamphetamine and heroin, according to police.

Officers booked Wardlaw in the SLO County Jail on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a short-barreled shotgun, two counts of having a warrant for failure to appear and one unlisted offense, according to the sheriff’s office website. He remains in custody with his bail set at $50,000.

Authorities booked Perry in the SLO County Jail on charges of possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics for sale, possession of a controlled substance, violation of post-release community supervision and one unlisted offense. Perry remains in custody without bail.

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NFA violations like this are strict liability (no intent required) with stiff fines and long prison sentences–“accidental felonies” which can catch innocent families off-guard. Sawed-off shotguns are not as rare as you might think. Of course, in this case there are signs of mens rea all over the place. Congrats to the alert citizen.

And they are now out. Surprising that the liberals do not yet require their illegal firearms and drugs to be returned to them. Frankly, you’re in more legal trouble for an unpaid parking ticket, that will hound you forever.

They are still locked up.

Who thinks a social worker should have been dispatched to discuss with Wardlaw the poor choice he was making as a felon in possession?

Viewing the photo here of the sawed off shotgun reminds me of an episode of the old 1960’s Jack Webb TV show Dragnet… Jack Webb and his partner Gannon go into a Liquor store that has just been robbed by a man holding a sawed off shot gun… Jack Webb asks the clerk “Can you describe the robber and what did he say to you?” Liquor store clerk replies “He didn’t have to say nothin”. That shotgun , it did all the talkin”! HAHAHAHA As a kid I thought that was a great line. Still do.

These are the maniacs that homeless advocates want to get off the street and into housing? Jail is pretty comfortable compared to homelessness. Maybe they can stay there until they decide to play by societies rules.

Suggesting every homeless person is a sawed-off shotgun carrying, meth dealing, drug addict because of these two. Is the same as suggesting every homeowner is a rapist or a serial killer because of Ted Bundy or Joseph DeAngelo.