THIS IS PRIORITY CALL TO ACTION. READ AND SHARE THIS EVERYWHERE YOU CAN!!
One of our founding members, Murdoch, has just been arrested and booked for “criminal trespass” and “weapon in a prohibited area” in McAllen, Texas. He was on public property. He went to the police station to inform them that he was going to take a picture with his rifle in front of the police department as we have done in several other cities around the state. They immediately and illegally searched him and confiscated his legally possessed K-bar (only 5 1/4 inches long) and told him to leave, which he did. He then decided to return to file a formal complaint and called the police department to let them know he was coming back to do so. When he arrived at the police station, officers immediately drew on him, forced him to the ground, and arrested him. HE NEVER ONCE OPENLY CARRIED HIS FIREARM; IT WAS IN HIS TRUCK THE ENTIRE TIME. He will be at the McAllen jail overnight and then is getting transferred to County in the morning.
OCT board members did a conference call with the Lieutenant to explain that they are violating the law and illegally detained our member. He said that Murdoch couldn’t “alarm” people and that the courthouse and jail were attached to the back side of the police station. This is not a crime as long as there isn’t a capital offense being tried, which there wasn’t. When we explained the law to the Lieutenant and explained that we would bring down as many members as we could to open carry on their doorstep if they didn’t release him, he hung up on us.
We need as many people as we can muster to rally at the McAllen Police Department at noon on Saturday to put the police department there on notice that our rights will not be infringed. I will create an event page and share in both forums. I know this is way out of the way, but if we don’t stand up where we can, we have no business being here.
THIS IS WHERE THE RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD. THIS IS WHAT WE DO. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO SIT IDLY BY.
If you’d like to contact the police department, here is their contact information:
1601 N. Bicentennial Blvd.
McAllen, TX 78501 (Map)
Phone: (956) 681-2000