Police: Man arrested on gun charge misunderstood concealed carry law

Officers order man from vehicle at gunpoint

Madison police said a man who was arrested by officers after pulling a gun on another man claimed his arrest was illegal because he held a concealed carry permit issued by the state of Wisconsin.

Police said Farhan J. M. Parekh, 23, and Brandon Z. Gabrielse, 24, were arguing over a woman at a home in the 1100 block of East Wilson Street when Parekh pointed a loaded gun at Gabrielse.

Police said Gabrielse quickly fled the residence, but punched and damaged a door before leaving.

Police said when Parekh drove off after the confrontation, officers pursued him and made a “high-risk felony stop” near the 10 block of North Ingersoll Street, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.

Police said Farhan was ordered from the vehicle at gunpoint, and after a search of the car, a 9 mm handgun was located inside of a bag.

Police said Farhan immediately pointed out that he held a concealed carry permit issued by the State of Wisconsin, and he suggested that his detention by police constituted an illegal arrest.

“While that’s understandable in terms of him having a weapon inside his vehicle, this weapon being produced was not something that was in the confines of that particular conceal and carry permit,” said Howard Payne, public information officer at the Madison Police Department.

Police said Parekh was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct while armed. Gabrielse was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge, police said. 

Madison police said the Wisconsin Department of Justice does periodically update informational bulletins as to when it is appropriate for an individual to produce a firearm in instances of imminent threat of death or great bodily harm, and they recommended that concealed carry permit holders visit the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s website to review the concealed carry law.