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Ian D. Gammage (via

After a driver fled the scene of in a DWI crash at the edge of the Lower Garden District, police found an Uzi submachine gun in the car he left behind, police said.

The crash happened around 5 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Calliope and Annunciation, where one vehicle driven by a drunken driver ran into another vehicle driven by 25-year-old Ian Gammage, reported Sgt. James Young of the NOPD Sixth District at Wednesday’s meeting of police supervisors. Both Gammage and the driver of the car that hit him refused medical attention, and while police were investigating the driver of the car that hit Gammage, Gammage slipped away on foot, Young said.

Officers then began to examine Gammage’s vehicle, and inside they found a 9-mm Uzi submachine gun with a flash-suppressor device on the barrel, all wrapped up in a T-shirt, Young said. The gun had a 32-round magazine but only 20 rounds inside, raising speculation that it may have been used recently, Young said. The gun’s serial number shows it to be an original, 1980s-era weapon manufactured in Israel, and it was never reported stolen, Young said.

The driver who hit Gammage’s vehicle told police that his own light was green and that Gammage had sped through the red light, so Gammage was found to be at fault in the accident, Young said, though the other driver was still charged with driving while intoxicated. Gammage had given his name to police before escaping, so officers obtained a warrant for his arrest on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon (which carries a minimum 10-year sentence), hit-and-run driving for leaving the crash scene, two traffic charges and a probation violation, Young said.

Gammage was involved in an unrelated disturbance a few days later on Bourbon Street, and when the investigating officers ran his name, the warrant showed up and he was arrested, Young said.

  7 Responses to “Uzi submachine gun found in car after driver flees DWI crash”

  1. silenced sub machine gun, your second amendment at work!

    • SafetyDance,

      No… It had a flash suppressor, not a noise suppressor. A flash suppressor is mainly intended to prevent the flash from the gun from blinding the user. And as Jim and I have noted, it probably was not a submachine gun.

  2. It was probably a semi automatic, not a fully automatic sub machinegun. But in either case, convicted felons aren’t supposed to have guns and this guy needs to do time for illegally possessing one.

  3. Robert,

    Was it really a submachine gun (automatic), or one of the civilian semiautomatic models? I would think he would have been charged with illegal possession of an machine gun under La. R.S. 40:1752 (a serious felony) unless it was just a semiautomatic variant. Any submachine gun is subject to a federal registration and is flat out illegal to own in this state unless it is a “war relic” (and an Uzi would not qualify).

    The distinction is pretty big; a 9mm semiautmatic uzi is hard to conceal and really only as useful as a 9mm pistol with a extremely large magazine (for example, one common police sidearm, the Glock 17, has an optional 33 round magazine). A criminal might use one to appear intimidating, but it doesn’t really make him that much more dangerous. An uzi submachine gun, on the other hand, can fire in the neighborhood of 600 bullets per minute and can be very dangerous, especially if the criminal has plenty of extra magazines.

  4. Do you think it would pass muster if the police simply would obtain a warrant to sweep through a neighborhood that has had an “unreasonably” high percentage of illegal weapons? What is the tipping point – how much worse does it have to get – an UZI ? It is a comedy that it takes a drunk driver to uncover illegal weapons!

  5. I’m all for the right to bear arms, but this type of weapon wasn’t intended for either protection or hunting. It’s for killing–plain an simple. How can you justify this?

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