Police: Men say they bought guns for protection

Three men with criminal records prohibiting them from possessing firearms who were arrested and charged in three separate incidents in April allegedly told police they bought their guns on the street “for protection.”

According to court documents filed recently in Hennepin County District Court, Rayandre Torrence, 28, told police officers he purchased the gun he was caught with “from some guy for protection because he had been threatened.”

Rondale Hubbert, 25, during an arrest on April 7 allegedly told police he “bought the handgun off the street for protection.”

Anthony Lee Palmer, 32, was found in a minivan with two other men and a loaded, 9mm Ruger semi-automatic pistol. “I’m not going to lie to you, that’s my gun, I bought it on the street for protection,” he allegedly told officers. Police say Palmer told them he paid $500 for the gun and still has the receipt for it.

Arrests and charges of this nature are not unusual.  MPR News examined hundreds of Hennepin County cases charged in adult court last year that involved gun-related crimes. More than a third of the alleged offenders in those cases were already under a firearms ban because of past convictions for serious offenses.

Editor’s note: The headline of this post initially read ‘Felons say they bought guns for protection.’  Under Minnesota law 624.713, a person prohibited from possessing firearms does not necessarily have to be a convicted felon.

  • Gary F

    Mighty nice of the guy who illegally sold him a gun on the street to give him a receipt. Must be in case he wants to return it or for warranty claims.

    When guns are outlawed only the outlaws will have guns.

    • rondale hubbert

      Actually im not a felon I was charged with a violent crime as a juvenile when I was 15 involving a stick not a firearm making me a prohibited person and I really did want protection I live in dilworth mn far from drive bys and drugs on the streets and robbery but I grew up in north minneapolis im a professional boxer with a cooking job also im raising 2 kids that aren’t my biological children and expecting my first in june so when I come home to visit my dad and I bring my family I would like to protect them from harm when I come visit I stay on 33rd and penn a bad “hood” I dress nice and wear a gold watch and chain thats real and have been robbed at gun point twice so if I can prevent that from happening I will and I was completely unaware of being a prohibited person due to the fact my charge was 10 years ago im not speaking for the other 2 but im sure my charges will get dropped to a misdemeanor carrying a firearm without a permit i guess I was offended but the all felons lie and I hate being look at like nothin but a criminal I made a mistake that I will get passed and continue my career I will be fighting for a mn state championship in August that’s what im focused on

  • OrderoftheCoif

    You didn’t really expect a released felon to claim “I bought my gun to do my next stick-up,”? Or to ease my next drug buy/sale, or to scare my “hoes” into working harder, do you? Felons lie as easily as the Sun goes down.

    • rondale hubbert

      Actually im not a felon I was charged with a violent crime as a juvenile when I was 15 involving a stick not a firearm making me a prohibited person and I really did want protection I live in dilworth mn far from drive bys and drugs on the streets and robbery but I grew up in north minneapolis im a professional boxer with a cooking job also im raising 2 kids that aren’t my biological children and expecting my first in june so when I come home to visit my dad and I bring my family I would like to protect them from harm when I come visit I stay on 33rd and penn a bad “hood” I dress nice and wear a gold watch and chain thats real and have been robbed at gun point twice so if I can prevent that from happening I will and I was completely unaware of being a prohibited person due to the fact my charge was 10 years ago im not speaking for the other 2 but im sure my charges will get dropped to a misdemeanor carrying a firearm without a permit i guess I was offended but the all felons lie and I hate being look at like nothin but a criminal I made a mistake that I will get passed and continue my career I will be fighting for a mn state championship in August that’s what im focused on