Back when I was managing a Radio Shack, my employee came up to me all excited. “That guy has a gun”, she says all out of breath. I see that he’s sporting a .308 semi-automatic on his hip. “What does he want?, I ask her.
“A cell phone.”
“Great! Sell him one.”
Recently I noticed a gentleman packing while shopping in Albertson’s grocery and there was a man with a 9 mm in front of me at Wal Mart.
No big deal.
Law Enforcement is a thankless job and I respect those who saddle up each day to serve and protect us all. But they’re people just like us. Let’s play a little Good Cop, Bad Cop.
Here are some other folks walking around armed.
I guess that went well. Here is one that was better.
Officer Jim was pretty cool. But he was also armed to the teeth. The exact reason why the Second Amendment exists to have you armed to an equal level to prevent a Police State.
The next video was made by a group that was out to protect some animals allegedly being shot by the gun club. The responding officer is talking out of the side of his lip and is owned by the lawyer filming him. You can bet this officer is armed to the teeth while he confronted these women “armed” with a video camera.
So can a police officer arrest you if you do not surrender your identification? READ THIS.
Sec. 38.02. FAILURE TO IDENTIFY. (a) A person commits an offense if he intentionally refuses to give his name, residence address, or date of birth to a peace officer who has lawfully arrested the person and requested the information.
Notice the officer walks away. Texas law is explicit. You have to be arrested on probable cause that you have committed a crime before police can demand you produce identification. You can be detained for questioning but detention is not arrest. If one of the questions asked is “Who are you?” you are well within your rights in Texas to refuse to answer.
Even after arrest you have the right to remain silent so the officer in this video had no other thing to do but walk away.
Any attempt of a police officer to interpret law and threaten you with arrest to force you to comply with any action that deprives you of your rights under the Constitution is “Oppression Under the Color of Badge (or Law or Office depending on the State) and can themselves be arrested.
I’m a big fan of the X-Files and in one of the episodes Fox and Scully confront a crowd of people and Scully says “You can’t be walking around in public with a shotgun.” I always think that is one big blooper because you can walk around armed in public.
I was on a “gun date” up on Lake Mead Blvd. We were hosing some cans and bottles with my AR-15 when I noticed Metro cruise by. I thought to myself “Good”.
Then he drove by a second time and a third. I told the lady that the date was over and packed up. I was driving a Datsun 280Z back then so I broke the weapon open and placed it without a magazine in the back. I then puto the ammo up front on the passenger side floor.
When I came out of the dirt and back on to Lake Mead there was Metro behind me. When I turned off of the main drag to go home he flashed his lights and siren. I pulled over.
The officer came out with his weapon drawn. In a loud clear voice I said, “I have a weapon in the trunk. My hand are on the steering wheel.”
“I know that God Dammit!” he yelled back.
In short order we were bent over with our hands on the hood of the cruiser. The officer retrieved my insurance card and registration from my car himself.
It went like this:
“Ever been arrested?
“You look familiar”.
“Yes sir. Do you remember making a kid give back a bike he stole yesterday?”
“I was the PR yesterday. You did a good job yesterday and you’re doing to good job today”
He then ran the serial numbers on my weapons. I had a 357 pistol as well. When the came back clean the officer lightened up a little.
I asked him why he pulled me over and he said he’d run my plates and the registration date and expiration date was the same day.
“Obviously a computer error,” he said.
So I asked, “If it was an obvious error why did you pull me over?”
He said, “The Rodney King verdict will be out soon and we were briefed at stand up to look for people with high powered weapons.”
“Can I ask you a question?, he said. “Why do you own a AR-15?’
I said, “Three reasons. One, the Air Force taught me how to shoot one. Two, the ammo is cheap to shoot and three, because the Constitution says I can”.
“Sounds good to me”, he said and we went our separate ways.