Alabama teen charged for bringing gun to high school football game
By Christen Smith
Teen charged for bringing gun to high school football game in Anniston, Alabama. (Photo: WBRC News)
A teenager faces federal gun charges in Alabama this week after police caught him with a loaded pistol at a high school football game.
Acting on a tip from an unidentified female, law enforcement discovered the 9mm Taurus Model PT-709 stowed inside 18-year-old Camron Watkins’s waistband while patrolling a game at Anniston High School on Sept. 28, according to court records.
“Anyone who illegally brings a gun to a high school football game is a threat,” said U.S. Attorney Jay Town. “Federal, state and local law enforcement have joined together to protect our schools and our communities from gun violence. Federal prosecution of gun crimes means real prison time.”
Watkins faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine for knowingly possessing a firearm in a school zone.
Marcus Watson, special agent in charge with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said the arrest stems from recent collaboration between local and state police “to reduce potential violent crime that impacts our school systems.”
“Gun crimes in Anniston will not be tolerated and we are prepared, by any legal means necessary, to pursue, arrest, and