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No jail time for gun-toting drinker

There will be no jail time for a man who was found with a loaded gun tucked into the waistband of his pants, while having beers at a local pub two years ago.

Ryan Bradley Allin was 29-years-old when police were called to the Willow Park Pub on Dec. 15, 2012. A server had alerted authorities when she noticed a customer drunkenly get up and head towards the bathroom with a gun tucked in the back of his pants.

The server told police that she only knew the man as “Ryan”, but said he had previously bragged to her about “packing” a weapon, being affiliated with gangs and wearing a knife on a chain around his neck.

When cops arrived they found Allin sitting in the bar, still in possession of a loaded Colt .45 semi-automatic handgun. While there was no bullet in the chamber, the gun did have seven bullets in the magazine. Officers also found a small bag of cocaine when he was searched at the detachment.

Based on an earlier weapons conviction from 2011, Allin was already prohibited from carrying any guns for two years, during which time this incident took place.

His lawyer, Grant Gray, argued that Allin has basically been on house arrest since his bail hearing 13 months ago and lost his job as a result.

“He’s effectively served 13 months of something that already looks like a conditional sentence,” said Gray, adding that Allin is a completely different person when not under the influence.

Asked if he had anything to say, Allin addressed the court and apologized for his actions, calling the incident the “biggest mistake of his life.” He also added a silver lining, saying he has gotten his life back together, is attending alcoholics anonymous, and wants to go back to school.

Last October, Allin pleaded guilty to four weapons charges, which provincial court Judge Anne Wallace took into account when delivering her decision.

“I think a jail term is appropriate, but I’m going to give you a conditional sentence to be served in the community,” she said, noting that his previous conviction did weigh on her as a "great concern".

“I want this to truly be the turning point in life that you’ve said it has been.”

The conditional sentence is for nine months, during which time Allin will abide by a strict curfew, continue attending AA meetings, and not possess any alcohol or drugs. He was also handed a 10-year firearms prohibition.

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