An Augusta man moved to NY in hopes of making it big, but gun laws there may cost him his freedom

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019
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Grant Hall, an Augusta native, was arrested in New York and could spend time in prison over what was found in his car. (Source: Hall Family)

AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) – An Augusta man moved to New York in hopes of making it big, but he’s spent nearly the last year in jail over weapons.

Grant Hall moved up north to chase his dreams of being a musician, according to his mother, Lisa Hall.

“He went up to New York to make it,” Lisa said.

Grant wrote “to God be the glory for bringing me here” on Instagram.

Less than two weeks after writing that post, Port Authority arrested Hall for criminal possession of a weapon.

In an e-mail, Port Authority told us after receiving a call about a suspicious person in the parking lot of the Port Authority Bus terminal in New York City, they responded and found Grant in a Honda.

"He said he put everything he owned in his car. Got a job as a waiter. Was working, but couldn't find a place to stay so he was sleeping in his car,” Lisa said.

Inside the car, Port Authority officers say they found two guns, a machete, a hatchet, and more than 100 rounds of ammunition, which is illegal in New York without a permit.

New York is also one of 17 states that will not accept a Georgia concealed carry license.

"Grant is a worship leader,” Lisa said. “Anybody who knows him knows he would not hurt anyone and he's just a great kid that is naive about the laws of New York."

He's now been in jail for nearly a year awaiting trial at Rikers Island with a $5,000 cash bail and $40,000 bond.

“He doesn't want to go to prison,” Lisa said. “He misses his family and he wants to come home.”

Lisa says they are working to reduce Grant's bond so he can leave jail to wait on trial. His court date is next week. But, so far, he has gone through three legal aid defense attorneys and he would have to stay in New York if he was released on bond.

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