Sunday, September 13, 2009

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."

The facts of the case are pretty simple. Matthew St. John entered an Alamogordo movie theater as a paying customer and sat down to enjoy the movie. He was openly carrying a holstered handgun, conduct which is legal in 42 states, and requires no license in New Mexico and twenty-five other states."

And but of course the cops for all intents and purposes plead mightily that they shouldn't be held responsible because, after all, fuck the Constitution because guns are some scary ass shit.

Not that this ruling will prevent ALL cops EVERYWHERE from doing such gestapo-impersonations, but perhaps at least it'll make them stop and think for a moment or two.

The VAST majority of police throughout the nation have banded together to hassle-first and check the laws later when it comes to firearms, and its high time these cowardly frigs got a comeuppance.

Thanks to Of Arms and the Law for the link.

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