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Police: Jonesborough man had bump stock

Johnson City Press • Updated May 13, 2019 at 5:06 PM

Johnson City police found a rifle with a bump stock Saturday when they pulled over a Jonesborough man with an altered license plate on his vehicle, according to a news release.

Police said Jonathan Craig Garland, 31, 150 Sugar Hollow Road, was traveling on Knob Creek Road with his license plate partially covered. After pulling him over, police saw that the plate had been altered. They also learned his driver’s license had been suspended.

Garland was arrested and his vehicle was searched before it was towed. Police said they found several pieces of drug paraphernalia, pills, methamphetamine and a rifle with a bump stock attached.

A federal ban on bump stocks took effect March 26 after President Donald Trump signed an order in February 2018 directing the Justice Department to ban them and other gun modifiers that make semi-automatic firearms faster. Multiple lawsuits against the ban are pending.

Garland was charged with having an altered license plate, driving on a suspended license, possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia, simple possession of schedule IV drugs, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell and possession of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony.

Garland was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center under $28,000 bond awaiting a Sessions Court appearance.

Police had listed Garland’s first name as “Joshua,” but the Detention Center had booked him under the name “Jonathan.” His previous jail records were under the name Jonathan.

He was charged with theft of services over $1,000 in November 2017 after he rented two rooms at a local motel for race week. Police said he paid the $1,328.05 bill with a credit card, but later contacted his credit card company and reported the charges as fraudulent. He also was charged with domestic assault and manufacturing, delivery or sale of a controlled substance.

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