Bears LB Matt Adams facing weapons charge, allegedly carried metal-piercing ammunition

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Bears linebacker Matt Adams was arrested in Chicago on Thursday on a misdemeanor weapons charge.

According to Chicago police records obtained by the Chicago Tribune, Adams is charged with unlawful firearm possession and cited for possessing high-capacity magazines and metal-piercing bullets in violation of the city's municipal code.

Police say they found the magazines, ammunition and gun during a search of Adams' car prior to his arrest at 6:46 p.m. on Thursday. Per police, they initially questioned Adams after seeing him near a car that had been reported stolen. The report states that Adams told police that the car was his. Adams is not facing a car theft charge, and it's not clear what led to the report of a stolen vehicle or how it was resolved.

Per the report, Adams has a license for the gun, but it's not valid in Illinois. It's not clear what type of gun he allegedly possessed.

Matt Adams (AJ Mast/Associated Press)
Matt Adams (AJ Mast/Associated Press)

The Bears acknowledged Adams' arrest in a statement on Friday:

“Earlier this morning, we were made aware of an incident involving the arrest of Bears linebacker Matthew Adams,” the team said. “We are in the process of gathering more information. We will refrain from making any further comment at this time."

Adams, 26, signed with the the Bears this offseason on a one-year, $1.2 million deal after spending four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. He joined the team alongside new head coach Matt Eberflus, who was previously the defensive coordinator in Indianapolis.