Convicted felon charged with having handguns

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 8, 2012

SALISBURY — Rowan deputies arrested a Holshouser Road man Tuesday night on an outstanding warrant from Maggie Valley, authorities said.
They also added another felony charge for the 56-year-old convicted felon, according to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.
Sammy Ray Garris was taken into custody at his home when officers served a warrant for felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Inside the home, they found a .22-caliber magnum and a .38-caliber pistol.
The pistol, an arrest report said, was found on top of the refrigerator.
Officers found a locked gun safe, which Garris said he didn’t remember the combination for, the report said.
But after another person at the home spoke with him, officers were able to open the safe.
“Several long guns inside the safe” were seized by authorities, the report said.
Garris was charged in Rowan County with an additional count of felony possession of a firearm by a felon.
He was released after posting a $7,500 bond.
Garris was convicted in 1986 of felony trafficking cocaine and felony possession of a controlled substance, according to the Department of Corrections’ offender database.