I grew up in Texas, and was proud to be from the Lonestar state; that is until I was arrested for possession of a firearm in my vehicle. I thought it
was legal, and according to the Texas Criminal Code it was!!!! Yet, the wording had been amended from a defense to arrest, to a more deviant defense
The implications of that meant that all People carrying any kind of Firearm, or transporting them could be arrested. Needless to say after a night in
"pin", and bunking with Pepe who was too drunk to remove his stuck foot from the urinal, I left Texas shortly after resolving the episode.
Horror stories of guns, and arrests for having them are infamous now in the once great Lone Star State. The last few days before my Family, and I
left We received a monthly bulletin in the mail from Our gun club just outside of Manor, Texas. They were warning all members to remove any, and all
gun "affiliation" stickers from their cars, and not to wear anything which could show they were traveling to the gun club. Why??? Manor Police
were pulling People over by profiling, and confiscating all their firearms; because they were now inventory from an arrest.......... The county
there, Travis County, had a strict policy to not return guns...... The police had a parts business with many local, and national gun parts
wholesalers..... Yep, I left the Lone Star State. Coincidentally a buddy who owned a gun store in Austin was sold my pearl grips from my confiscated
revolver.... He was a friend, and let me have them back. In retrospect I bought those very grips from him; so I have to wonder who they were
confiscated from in the first place.
Up North To Alaska is what the song says, but I didn't quite make it that far; just to the Northwest. In Idaho, Montana, and parts of Washington it
is absolutely legal to wear, and carry a firearm without hassle. It is common in fact through Montana, and Idaho. I do it.
This brings me to the article in question, or I should say that made my day
Federal judge rules police cannot detain people for openly carrying guns
On September 8, 2009, United States District Judge Bruce D. Black of the United States District Court for New Mexico entered summary judgment in a
civil case for damages against Alamogordo, NM police officers. The Judge's straight shootin' message to police: Leave open carriers alone unless
you have "reason to believe that a crime [is] afoot."
Hoo-Ra!!! I can only hope the great People of New Mexico exercise their once again established right of carry; guaranteed through the 2nd Amendment.
Everybody should exercise their rights.
Rights are after all like any muscle; without exercise they wither, and die.
Peace, And Vigilance,
[edit on 18-9-2009 by sanchoearlyjones]