The 2013 season did not start out well for San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith. A few weeks ago, he admitted himself into rehab after facing DUI charges that ultimately put him out indefinitely. Most thought he would be out roughly a month. Well, that estimation just took a huge hit.
Wednesday afternoon, Smith was charged with three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon stemming from a party back in July 2012. That party was at his home. The gun that was found there? A gun that belongs to the same family as the gun pictured below — an Armalite AR-10 Assault Rifle.
Smith faces up to four years and four months in prison for the charges.
“The preamble to the assault weapons law states that each assault weapon ‘has such a high rate of fire and capacity for firepower that its function as a legitimate sports or recreational firearm is substantially outweighed by the danger that it can be used to kill and injure human beings,’” District Attorney Jeff Rosen said according to ABC News.
“California’s prohibition of these powerful weapons is not about hunting or target practice. It is about interrupting the long history of death, carnage and grief assault weapons have inflicted on California communities,” Rosen said.
49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh had this to say Wednesday:
“We’ve been aware of the incident, the serious nature of it. We’re all accountable for our actions, good and bad. There’s a process, due process, that will take place. I don’t feel any need to comment further on it.”
Now that Smith’s future looks dim in the immediate future, it is likely that the 49ers will have to play the rest of the season without him. Harbaugh also said he would not comment any further when asked if he thinks Smith could play again in 2013. We’ll keep you updated on any further news we hear in regards to the matter. Keep checking back throughout the week.