February 11, 2014
AR-15 "Terrifies" Shoppers, Made Them Think They Would Die
A terrifying sight - a man with a scary-looking rifle!
It appears a Texas town has an arbitrary law which is based solely on the irrational fears of a bunch of pussies.
On Dec. 28, Derek Poe stopped by GameStop in Parkdale Mall before going to the store he owns in the mall, Golden Triangle Tactical. While at GameStop, he was stopped by police officers and the AR-15 that was slung around his back was seized.
Poe says he was just exercising his right to open carry a long rifle.
Police have charged him with disorderly conduct because he displayed a firearm "In a manner calculated to alarm."
Poe disagrees saying his rifle was facing barrel down on his back and his hands weren't even on the gun.
"It was clearly obvious I didn't have criminal intent. I had a drink in one hand and a bag in the other. I didn't commit a crime. I legally carried a long arm in Texas," Poe said.
Detectives say witnesses gave statements that they were "terrified" and "thought they were going to die." (Source)
Just FYI, Texas is an open carry state. But, apparently, a law against "alarming the public" supersedes the right to carry. Video of a detective explaining that to Poe below the fold.
Hopefully, Poe will have a chance to face his accusers in a court of law. But if the mere sight of a rifle terrifies them to the point they think they are going to die, I doubt they have the balls to show up for court.