Tag Archives: Texas

Texas Police To Take 700 Guns Away From Citizens

Texas Police To Take 700 Guns Away From Citizens

Deep in the heart of Texas, where there are more firearms in homes than people, Dallas County will start taking guns away from a specific group of individuals as early as this week. As an avid supporter of American’s right the bear arms, I also support the county’s move to do this, but the method has me a bit puzzled.

Dallas County will be the first in the nation to collect weapons from domestic violence offenders as a preventative measure to keep victims safe. Statistics prove that women are 500 times more likely to lose their life in an argument with a violent offender if there is a gun in the home. But before anyone gets up in arms about government overreach into someone’s armory, understand that there are no rights being taken away here. The way it works does not mean officials are knocking down offender’s doors, raiding homes, and seizing what’s not theirs. In fact, the rule operates on an honor system with criminals.

According to WFAA, this rule is not new, but the execution of it is. Federal and state law forbids anyone with a domestic violence conviction or an emergency protective order against them from possessing firearms, but until now, Dallas didn’t have a way to collect and store relinquished guns.

County Criminal Court Judge Roberto Cañas, who is one of two judges who handle misdemeanor domestic violence cases, devised a plan called “Firearm Surrender Project,” in collaboration with a local Dallas Fort Worth area gun range, where criminals can go and safely surrender and store their guns until they are legally able to have them back.

Texas To Take 700 Guns Away Starting NOW, But That's Not The REAL Issue

Although officials expect to collect around 700 guns each year under this plan, that’s giving criminals far too much credit in assuming they are going to be honest about what weaponry they have at home.

More than it being an ineffective project, considering it relies on the unreliable word of a criminal, it’s going to cost taxpayers in the area a lot of money. Cañas’ collection idea includes having a deputy on staff at the private gun rage to run the operation of signing in and out offenders’ firearms.

Taxes will be used to cover that salary, along with start-up costs to get the project rolling. So far, $37,000 has already been dumped into this, through a grant given to the country from the governor’s office. Cañas and crew will need double that amount over the next year to keep the project going.

The way the rule works is that offenders are simply asked at conviction if they have a gun. IF they are honest and admit they do, they are ordered to surrender that gun at the range and get it signed off that they did. They are also given the option to give it to a third-party instead, to someone who is legally able to own a gun. That looks a lot like, “Here friend, take my gun, say I gave it to you, then give it back.”

“There’s no doubt that the intersection of firearms and domestic violence is a very lethal one,” Cañas said. “If we can take a step that will even prevent one homicide, this project will be worth it.”

Texas To Take 700 Guns Away Starting NOW, But That's Not The REAL Issue

Criminals can’t buy guns if they’re convicted of violent crimes and they shouldn’t be able to keep guns they have after conviction if they are a proven threat to people’s lives. But the fact is, felons will always have firearms because they don’t buy them through legal means, and they aren’t going to be honest in giving them up.

For this reason alone, everyone needs to own firearms to defend themselves against the unknown. It’s the bad guy with a gun that gives the good guys with guns a bad rap with gun-grabbers. Effort and money would be better spent in empowering women to know how to use a firearm and prevent themselves from becoming a victim in the first place, or again if they already are one.

Texas Has A New Outlook On Firearms

Texas Has A New Outlook On Firearms

The state of Texas has a new outlook on firearms that gun activists may be quite pleased with. Apparently, there are distinct changes being made to the gun laws that will allow citizens to openly carry handguns in public.

According to the Washington Times, the turning point came on Friday, April 17, when the Texas House of Representatives voted 96-35 in favor of the open carry bill, HB910. The new bill will make it permissible for citizens to carry handguns in holsters.

Currently, citizens are required to have a license to carry firearms and must keep weapons concealed. With the approval of the new bill, such stipulations will be deemed null and void. However, citizens still would not be allowed to bring weapons into facilities where concealed carry is currently barred. So, weapons still will not be allowed inside schools, places of business, bars, and nightclubs

“It’s time to go ahead and take this next step,” said Rep. Larry Phillips, R-Sherman, the bill’s primary author. “It’s time to join the ranks of states like Massachusetts … and allow our citizens to have this right.”

“Supporters said they were upholding constitutional rights and allowing greater liberty for gun owners that was long overdue. Though Texans can already openly carry long guns, such as rifles, the state has long banned the practice for handguns,” reports Dallas News. “The bill would align Texas with 44 other states that allow some open carry of handguns.” Currently, nearly 850,000 Texans have a concealed gun license.”

Gun activists, who serve as powerful constituents with the Texas Republican Party, have been working diligently for quite sometime to surpass legislation controlled by the GOP. After a staggering number of delays, it appears the law will finally be approved.

Needless to say, the new bill has sparked quite a controversy. Of course, gun activists are thrilled but there are a number of concerns about potential issues the bill may cause, if approved. A number of Texas police chiefs have expressed opposition toward the changes. With the staggering number of shootings involving unarmed victims, many police chiefs argue changes in open carry laws will only make it more difficult to tell who should and should not be carrying a weapon.

Cedar Park Police Chief Sean Mannix, with the Legislative Committee Chair of the Texas Police Chiefs Association, recently voiced his concerns about the possible changes to come during an interview with KXAN-TV.

“It is going to be difficult for the beat cop to know who should have a gun, who shouldn’t have a gun, and frankly there are people out there who shouldn’t own guns,” Mannix said.

Texas Trooper Ordered To Undergo Counseling After Posing For Photo With Snoop Dogg

Texas Trooper Ordered To Undergo Counseling After Posing For Photo With Snoop Dogg

Police trooper Snoop Dog photo pic cop Texas

Department of Public Safety Trooper Billy Spears was subjected to counseling last week for posing for a picture with rapper Snoop Dogg during the 2015 South By Southwest (SXSW) Festival in Austin, Texas.

Spears was working at the SXSW event, and he was reportedly asked by Snoop to have a photo taken together. Spears consented, and the photo was posted on the rapper’s Instagram.

Snoop also posted a photo of himself with an Austin Police officer.

A counseling record for Spears was documented on March 24th. The record stated that “While working a secondary employment job, Trooper Spears took a photo with a public figure who has a well-known criminal background including numerous drug charges. The public figure posted the photo on social media and it reflects poorly on the Agency.”

The record went on to provide a supervisor’s suggestion that Spears “use good judgement when taking photos with anyone while in uniform” and “be mindful of social media outlets and how such photos can negatively affect the Agency.”

Ty Clevenger, a lawyer reportedly representing Spears according to news station KLTV, has suggested that the counseling order was an act of retaliation against Spears. A letter to state and federal prosecutors written by Clevenger pointed out an incident prior to Spears’s counseling order in which Spears was detained by Sgt. Marcus Stokke of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission “with no apparent probable cause, because he thought Trooper Spears had been disrespectful to him at a public event.” Spears filed a complaint against Stokke for the detention, but according to Clevenger, it was Spears who was investigated instead and later suspended.

The suspension of Spears was ultimately reversed; Clevenger wrote that “Two months later, however, DPS brought the new disciplinary charge against him, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence.”

“DPS claims that the counseling forms are not really discipline, therefore the employee has no right to appeal. Yet those counseling incidents can block a trooper’s chances for promotion or advancement,” Clevenger wrote.

In a separate letter to Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McGraw, Clevenger requested that the counseling record be removed from Spears’s record. Clevenger also asked McGraw to clarify if there will be actions made “to prevent further retaliation against Trooper Spears,” and expressed suspicion that facial recognition software may have been used to scan social media sites.

Feds Raid Conservative Texas Political Meeting, Confiscate Phones, Computers

Feds Raid Conservative Texas Political Meeting, Confiscate Phones, Computers

Fingerprint, photograph all attendees, seize phones

fbi

In a deliberate “show of force,” federal and local police forces raided a political meeting in Texas, fingerprinting and photographing all attendees as well as confiscating all cell phones and personal recording devices.

Members of the Republic of Texas, a secession movement dedicated to restoring Texas as an independent constitutional republic, had gathered Feb. 14 in a Bryan, Texas, meeting hall along with public onlookers. They were debating issues of currency, international relations and celebrating the birthday of one of their oldest members. The group, which describes itself as “congenial and unimposing,” maintains a small working government, including official currency, congress and courts.

According to MySanAntonio.com: “Minutes into the meeting a man among the onlookers stood and moved to open the hall door, letting in an armed and armored force of the Bryan Police Department, the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office, the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office, agents of the Texas district attorney, the Texas Rangers and the FBI.

“In the end, at least 20 officers corralled, searched and fingerprinted all 60 meeting attendees, before seizing all cellphones and recording equipment in a Valentine’s Day 2015 raid on the Texas separatist group.”

“We had no idea what was going on,” said John Jarnecke, president of the Republic of Texas. “We knew of nothing that would warrant such an action.”

Like the reporting you see here? Sign up for free news alerts from WND.com, America’s independent news network.

Information Liberation noted, “The pretext of the raid was that two individuals from the group had reportedly sent out ‘simulated court documents’ — summonses for a judge and a banker to appear before the Republic of Texas to discuss the matter of a foreclosure. These ‘simulated documents’ were rejected and the authorities decided to react with a ‘show of force’ – 20 officers and an extremely broad search warrant.”

The invalid court summons was signed by Susan Cammak, a Kerr County homeowner, and David Kroupa, a Republic of Texas judge from Harris County.

The search warrant against the Republic of Texas authorized the seizure of “all computers, media storage, software, cell phones and paper documents.” Kerr County Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer said the seized devices “will be downloaded and reviewed to determine if others conspired in the creation and issuance of false court documents.”

Police searched and fingerprinted each person at the meeting, but they did not perform cheek-swab DNA testing as the warrant allowed.

“You can’t just let people go around filing false documents to judges trying to make them appear in front of courts that aren’t even real courts,” Hierholzer, who led the operation, told the Houston Chronicle.

“The Republic has a lengthy list of qualms with the federal government, among them that Texas was illegally annexed in 1845,” wrote TeaParty.org. “But most of their complaints have to do with the behavior of the American legislature and executive. Robert Wilson, a senator in the Republic, equated politicians in Washington, D.C., to the ‘kings and emperors’ of the past, and sees Texas independence as part of a worldwide movement for local control.”

Hierholzer determined a “show of force” consisting of officers from city, county state and federal law enforcement to serve a search warrant for an alleged misdemeanor crime was appropriate due to the potential for physical resistance by the group.

The Houston Chronicle reports, “He said he had worries that some extremists in the group could become violent, citing a 1997 incident when 300 state troopers surrounded an armed Republic leader for a weeklong standoff.”

“Contrary to patently false reports by KBTX that the Republic of Texas and its assemblage were a militia group,” states the Republic of Texas website, “the truth is that the Republic of Texas is a self-determined people attempting to throw off the yoke of military occupation of Texas through peaceful and lawful process.”

“We’ve had years of bad press, but we’re not those people,” said Jarnecke of the 1997 incident. “But yes, we are still making every attempt to get independence for Texas and we’re doing it in a lawful international manner.”

The raid has angered many people. “The tactics used went well beyond what was necessary to address a few individuals over a matter of disputed paperwork,” reported Information Liberation. “It is clear that full-blown raid was performed to intimidate and harass every member of the group. … The irony of the situation is that the thuggish tactics employed by the police and federal government actually validate the concerns of the members of the Republic of Texas and other Americans who would prefer independence from the United States federal government.”

No arrests were made, and the case is still under investigation.

Texas Gov: ‘More Than 20,000’ Illegals Crossed Border Since Jan 1

Texas Gov: ‘More Than 20,000’ Illegals Crossed Border Since Jan 1

Obama’s ‘executive amnesty’ plan that would mainstream more than 5 million people

By David Martosko, Us Political Editor For Dailymail.com

mass border crossing illegal immigrants
lllegal immigrants pouring into the US across our open Southern border.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said Sunday that his state’s border with Mexico is so porous that ‘more than 20,000’ illegal immigrants have crossed it since January 1.

The startling claim comes as congressional Republicans are pushing hard against President Obama’s ‘executive amnesty’ plan that would mainstream more than 5 million people who are in the U.S. illegally.

‘We all saw what happened on the Texas border last summer, but we need to understand that the problem is not going away,’ Abbott said on the CBS show ‘Face the Nation.’

‘Already this calendar year, since January 1, we have had more than 20,000 people come across the border, apprehended, unauthorized. And so we have an ongoing problem on the border that Congress must step up and solve.’

Obama’s plan that he announced in November doesn’t apply to illegal immigrants who entered the U.S. in the last five years.

The president outlined his intentions four months ago and framed them as an effort to reprioritize scarce Homeland Security Department resources in a way that focused more on new border-crossers and less on people the White House sees as otherwise law-abiding residents.

‘If you plan to enter the U.S. illegally, your chances of getting caught and sent back just went up,’ Obama said Nov. 20.

But that message hasn’t percolated into the communities of Mexicans and Central Americans who are desperate for what they believe is a free ticket to live in America without fear of deportation.

That’s the deal Obama has offered to a larger but different group of people, including countless hundreds of thousands of adults who have had children after sneaking into the United States.

Austin, Texas: Bomb threats against mosque turn out to have come from a Muslim

Austin, Texas: Bomb threats against mosque turn out to have come from a Muslim

Baytie-2c-Azzam-2-1-61-MyFox Austin reported a few days ago that Muslims in Austin were assuming this was an anti-Muslim hate crime, quoting a local Muslim who said: “Muslims, we are not discouraged in our worship of God if anything it draws us closer to God.” But now it comes out that the man who issued the threats was a Muslim.

The Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations(CAIR) and other Muslims have on many occasions in the past not hesitated to stoop even to fabricating “hate crimes,” including attacks on mosques. CAIR and other groups like it want and need hate crimes against Muslims, because they can use them for political points and as weapons to intimidate people into remaining silent about the jihad threat.

“Man arrested following business, mosque bomb threats,” KVUE.com, February 20, 2015 (thanks to Pamela Geller):

AUSTIN — A man in his 50s is accused of making bomb threats at a Muslim business and the community center where he was staying Tuesday, according to a Travis County arrest affidavit.

According to the Austin Police Department, 54-year-old Azzam Ahmed Baytie made two bomb threats at a North Austin Muslim Community Center and a Middle Eastern-style food truck near the Arab Cowboy Cafe and Hookah Lounge. The community center is in North Austin, and the cafe is located in West Campus.

Staff at the community center called Austin-Travis County EMS just after 7 a.m. Tuesday. They said the man had some kind of medical issue, possibly psychiatric problems.

According to the arrest affidavit, police found Baytie rolling around the ground in front the community center. Baytie told medics he had taken five Ambilify to harm himself, a drug that treats schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression.

On the way to the hospital, police said the man told EMS workers he put bombs at the two locations. Investigators did not find explosive devices at either location.

Officers evacuated about 50 students from the apartment complex behind the cafe in West Campus.

Baytie is charged with terroristic threat, a third-degree felony.

Baytie was previously found guilty of making a terroristic threat and criminal trespassing after a 2008 incident at the same mosque at the North Austin Muslim Community Center. Baytie reportedly told police he had a bomb in his backpack. Authorities scanned the backpack with an X-ray machine and found electronic parts inside, prompting them to destroy the backpack as a precaution.

Woman’s Last Breaths Heard On 911 Call After Abuser Commits One Final Act

Woman’s Last Breaths Heard On 911 Call After Abuser Commits One Final Act

By 

A Texas woman’s last breaths were heard by a 911 dispatcher after her husband, who had a history of abuse, committed an absolutely heinous act against her.

On Thursday night, a Hood County 911 operator received a call from a frantic Granbury woman, LaVera Aiken Dooley, begging for someone to send police immediately. Her husband, 51-year-old Tommy Dooley, was enraged and she had feared for her life after he chased her out to her vehicle.

That’s when 911 operators received the horrifying call, Sheriff Roger Deeds said, according to KHOU.

“Crying, screaming, hollering for help, and her last dying breaths are caught on the call,” he said.

Woman’s Last Breaths Heard On 911 Call After Husband Commits ATROCIOUS Act

Tommy had pulled out a pistol as his 65-year-old wife tried to flee, firing multiple shots through the window of her car and killing her. Had it not been for Tommy’s vehicle blocking her in the driveway, she might have been able to escape.

“She was shot point blank range, basically, very close range six times,” Deeds said.

According to NBC News, the line went silent after they heard the terrifying call. The next call was from Tommy himself, who admitted that he had just murdered his wife in cold-blood.

When police arrived at the home, they found LaVera dead in her vehicle. She had dialed the phone just before getting shot from the inside of her locked vehicle, and unfortunately, it wasn’t the first time she had to call police over a domestic issue. However, during a January 20 abuse incident, Tommy left the home before police arrived and nothing ever came of it.

LaVera’s death came as a shock to the community, especially those who worked near her insurance company in Granbury, which now has a sign saying its closed due to a death.

“It’s just a heartbreaking scenario,” said John Davis, who knew the woman for 16 years.

Others said they would miss the woman’s bright smile and friendly demeanor, as well as seeing her with the dog she brought to work daily.

Sheriff Deeds said that Tommy had only recently married LaVera, but now he’s charged with murdering her. He was arrested and booked into jail where he remains on a $500,000 bond.

Domestic violence is a serious issue that places many women at risk. If you know someone who may be in an abusive relationship, make sure you do everything you can to get them out of danger, or else they may end up like this poor woman.

Islamic Sharia Court Never Approved By Texas City, Mayor Takes Immediate Action

Islamic Sharia Court Never Approved By Texas City, Mayor Takes Immediate Action

By 

ALLAH-AK-Whoops: Sharia Court Never Approved By Texas City!

It seems that the Sharia Court in Texas forgot more than just a law licence to practice a law in Texas. After numerous phone calls and headlines, the Mayor of Irving, Texas took to social media to address one key thing that can sink the court before its first case.

We have been following the developments of the Sharia Court being established in Texas. It seems that they forgot a couple of things in their proud announcement to the press that they were forming the first ever Sharia Court inside the United States. Not only is practicing law without a licence a felony in the State of Texas, it seems the Islamic Tribunal forgot to ask the city council and the mayor if they would be allowed to have an unauthorized court in the city.

And the mayor’s not happy.

In a lengthy Facebook post, Mayor Beth Van Duyne explained to the tribunal and the press that you just don’t mess with Texas, even in the more liberal urban areas near Dallas. Here is her response:

They also seem to forget that in 2011 Texas introduced a bill to ban Sharia to settle disputes. It passed in 2012, but it was challenged and disputed along with Oklahoma’s ban on the implementation of foreign law, which passed with a similar 70% vote. It seems a pair of federal judges found the bans “unconstitutional” because they decided it “infringed on the First Amendment,” despite this being a theocratic foreign law body in the United States, which is itself unconstitutional. It passed again in a 2013 Texas Senate committee by a narrow 5-4 margin and is up for vote in the Texas legislature again this year.

Helping to fuel the bill to go forward again is the Islamic Tribunal’s own admission that you can’t separate Sharia Criminal Law from Sharia Civil Law. If the U.S. or Texas Constitutions goes against Sharia Law, “judge” Dr. Taher El-bawadi of the tribunal confessed to Breitbart Texas, “We follow Sharia law.”

Muslim Sharia Law Islam terrorist

They also willfully admitted to having separate laws for men and women against the U.S. Constitution’s Amendments.

It is not yet known if this Mosque masquerading as a court room and the four “lawyers” will be brought up on criminal charges by the District Attorney’s office for this charade.

Much like the 3500+ patriots that showed up to protest their attempt at banning free speech at the “Stand with the Prophet Rally,” which was held just a few miles away from where they tried to enact this farce, these Imams are learning the hard way why the state slogan is “Don’t mess with Texas.”

Houston Illegal Alien Kills Local Musician At Stop Light

Houston Illegal Alien Kills Local Musician At Stop Light

Stop Deportation/Immigration Reform Rally

A Houston musician has been murdered by an illegal alien who had been allowed to stay in the United States, even though the alien had been convicted in Texas previously for selling narcotics. The suspect was killed by police following a second murder that he committed immediately after killing the musician.

The illegal alien’s name was Victor Manuel Reyes. Court records indicate the alien was sentenced to five years for drug dealing in 2010 and had an immigration hold upon exiting prison. It is unclear at this time if he was deported and immediately came back in across the porous Texas-Mexico border or if U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) simply failed to pick him up and deport him, as is often the case. In such instances, the jails or prisons simply release the criminal alien into the U.S. if ICE does not show up.

The musician, Spencer Golvach, had reportedly dropped off his girlfriend and was waiting at a red light when he was randomly targeted by the illegal alien and murdered.

The victim’s father spoke to local outlet KPRC and said, “I want to know why a convicted drug pusher who served time in prison that’s not a legal citizen was unleashed upon our streets.”

Follow Breitbart Texas Managing Director on Twitter: @brandondarby