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Jets running back Chris Johnson arrested on weapons charge

New York Jets running back Chris Johnson (21)

New York Jets running back Chris Johnson (21) talks before an NFL game Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Credit: AP / Mark Zaleski

Jets running back Chris Johnson was arrested in Orlando, Florida, on Friday and charged with "open carrying of weapons/firearms," according to the Orlando Police Department and Orange County Clerk of Courts records.

According to police, Johnson was pulled over on a traffic stop after failing to stop at a stop sign.

When the officer approached Johnson's vehicle, police said, he saw the handle of a firearm between the running back's feet.

Although a source confirmed that Johnson is licensed to carry the weapon and that it is registered, it was deemed an "open firearm" because it wasn't locked up.

According to other reports, which cited someone close to Johnson, the running back granted permission to search his car. That's when the officer found the firearm underneath a book bag that had been placed under the seat.

Per 2014 Florida statutes, "it is unlawful for any person to openly carry on or about his or her person any firearm or electric weapon or device" if he or she is not licensed to carry a concealed firearm. It is classified as a second-degree misdemeanor.

A Jets spokesman said, "We are aware and have no comment at this time as this is a pending legal matter."

Johnson, 29, signed a two-year, $8-million deal with the Jets before the 2014 season. The former Titan signed the free-agent deal three months after surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.

Unfortunately for the Jets, the former 2,000-yard rusher didn't live up to his "CJ2K" moniker. Johnson finished with 663 yards on 155 carries as the team's No. 2 back.

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