Florida woman charged after giving estranged husband's guns to police

Alyssa Marie Torres

Now a Florida lawmaker and gun safety advocates are championing her cause, asking a state attorney on Monday drop the charges, while gun rights advocates want her prosecuted. Courtney Irby spent six days in jail on charges of armed burglary and grand theft after she brought the guns from her husband's apartment to the Lakeland Police.

Police then contacted Irby's husband, who was being held at the Polk County Jail for the previous day's incident, and he informed officers that he wanted to file charges against his wife, according to WKMG.

The couple is in the process of getting a divorce.

Her husband, Joseph Irby, allegedly tried to run her over.

Florida is one of 35 states that do not prohibit convicts of minor domestic violence crimes or those subject to restraining orders from buying or using guns, Ms Eskamani said.

Irby reportedly told police she collected the guns from her ex husband's apartment on Village Center Drive in Lakeland, despite never having stayed there before.

State Rep. Anna Eskamani of Orlando has warned the state attorney that it would set a "scary precedent" if he prosecutes Courtney Irby.

As Ms Eskamani pointed out in her letter, federal law might ban those with domestic violence convictions or restraining orders from possessing guns, but at the state level, there are loopholes that can prevent local law enforcement from enforcing the weapons restrictions.

"So you're telling me you committed an armed burglary?" the officer asked her.

Joseph Irby's charges involve an altercation that began with a shouting match after the divorce hearing. He began "screaming and yelling at her", according to the affidavit, and allegedly ran Taylor Irby off the road several times.

"She is cooperating so we anticipate we will get a full story", Port St. Lucie Police Detective Sgt. Terry Henkel said.

Speaking at his June 15 bond hearing by telephone, Irby - who goes by her middle name - told a judge in Polk County, Florida, that she believed her estranged husband, 35-year-old Joseph Irby, was risky.

Irby's attorney, Lawrence Shearer, did not immediately return a request for comment; nor did Robert Peddy, Joseph Irby's lawyer.

Taylor Irby would later tell police that this is when she chose to take matters into her own hands.

Guttenberg tweeted that Irby was "an abused woman trying to protect herself from an abusive husband".

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