Skip to comments.Angel Shamaya, "Keep And Bear Arms" founder, arrested in Michigan on gun charges
Posted on 03/03/2006 10:30:50 PM PST by Travis McGee
Angel Shamaya, founder of KeepAndBearArms.com is in jail in Michigan, having been arrested for possession of firearms not properly registered under Michigan law.
Angel's friends are working to help him with this problem, but we need your help, right now!
We need character references from you for Angel. There is a form letter for you to fill out and send back at: http://www.marbut.com/angel.
Be advised that Angel's problem is happening in the Detroit area, where a strong anti-gun sentiment exists in the criminal justice system. So, we are asking you to downplay gun-rights and gun-related comments. We will NOT deliver to the court any disparaging letters about Michigan or Michigan laws. Stay on the high ground.
Please, download a copy of the draft letter. Add one sentence of personal comment if you wish - no more.
This is for upstanding, legitimate citizens only. So, we want you to add your name, mail address, and phone number to the letter, so the judge seeing these will accept your letter and will not think you are some flake.
You may email your completed letter, either as an attached MSWord (.doc) file, or pasted into the body of your email, either to email@example.com or to firstname.lastname@example.org. So we can pick it out from our many other emails, PLEASE make the SUBJECT of your email: "Angel reference." We will see that these letters get to Angel's attorney ASAP.
Please pass this on to your friends for action. We need letters from everyone who knows or knows of, and appreciates Angel.
Thanks loads for your help.
Gary Marbut, President Montana Shooting Sports Association http://www.mtssa.org author, Gun Laws of Montana http://www.mtpublish.com
Personal note from David Codrea: I spoke with Angel at length last night, before this happened. He is a great patriot and friend. WarOnGuns visitors: I have never really asked you for anything. I am pleading with you to support our brother in his time of need. I will be monitoring things as they unfold--if and when we need to help Angel with more than words, I will let you know.
Please do this support letter now--and please spread this news far and wide.
More from Nicki Fellenzer:
Folks, most of you know how decent, passionate, intelligent and dynamic Angel Shamaya is. He has committed himself to freedom, and I know of few people who are as dedicated to the cause of freedom as Angel. He is also a personal friend to many of us, and now he needs our help.
Today he was arrested, and he is currently in jail. Please read the link below and take a few minutes to write the judge on his behalf. I have National Drill this weekend, and I'm sending this from my hotel room. I won't be around much until Sunday night, but I'm counting on you guys to spread the news and help Angel through this. Please!
The link includes an address where to send your letters of reference. Please do so as quickly as you can!
Then, I urge you to pass this email to everyone you know. Post it on your websites and blogs, pass it on to fellow bloggers and help us ensure that this gets the widest possible dissemination. Yes, this is about freedom -- but right now, we need to ensure he is, first and foremost, released and that charges are dismissed, so please toe the line on this one. For Angel.
UPDATE: I just got off the phone with the Oakland County Sheriff to see if I could help in any way with bail. Unfortunately, the attendant told me Angel has not been arraigned yet, so there is no public information they can share, and that the best thing to do would be to call back tomorrow night. I told the deputy he had a good man in custody and to please see to it that Angel was safe.
From Michigan Gun Owners:
Angel is out of jail. He was charged with four counts of misdemeanor possession of unregistered firearms and one count of misdemeanor menacing. He was reportedly arrested in his home.
This latest info from Dan might be worth a general RKBA ping.
Ridiculous. The NRA has over forty programs. They sponsor hundreds of shooting matches across the country. Without gun contol, They could expand those matches to every town in the U.S.
It's Second Amendment groups like SAF, JAFPO and the Citizen's Committee which would cease to exist.
I still am not comfortable with their overall desire to compromise. In fact I let my membership expire a few months ago.
[David Codrea] just got off the phone with Angel Shamaya.
He's charged with 4 counts misdemeanor possession of unregistered firearms and 1 frivolous, unwarranted, vindictive count of misdemeanor menacing.
I know we all want more, especially with the last charge, but for now, we must defer to Angel's need to protect his legal rights. I know the background of the circumstances, but my advice to Angel is to not make a public statement about that without advice of counsel. Those who know me will trust me when I say that I am convinced Angel has been made a victim here.
Here is a statement from Angel that I can release at this time:
To all the people expressing support or concern, just knowing that you are aware of my situation made it easier to bear. I do have legal representation thanks to the Second Amendment Foundation, to whom I am grateful. Alan Gottlieb and his team moved swiftly and deftly to secure counsel for me, the result of which got me out much sooner than I would have been able to do on my own.David Codrea | 4:20 PM
Well, look who has come to his defense: the SAF.
Thank you, Alan Gottlieb.
Thanks for the update DfM.
Thank you Travis McGee
I guess a donation to SAF might be the best way to help now.
Comment by: Angel Shamaya (3/4/2006)
"not even a hint about what this is all about."
Need rest first. "What you say can and will be used against you in a court of law." Patience, please? Just spent too much time in mini hell. OK?
"...but now I know that he is a convicted felon..."
Who said I am a convicted felon? Where? (Not!)
More later. Need sleep. Much is happening. If justice exists in Michigan, I shall prevail. This legal battle was brought to my doorstep, literally. I didn't go looking for this. But I will have my say in court before it's done. Vindictive, dishonest, disturbed people risked having me killed by local machinegunners in Kevlar who looked like part of the ground assault team at Waco. If that makes you happy, don't help me.
Roger that. With a note attached stating why the donation is coming.
11:18 am (3 minutes ago)
Dear Friends of Angel,
So many of you have asked for updates about Angel's situation, and I
am sooo swamped dealing with this situation, that the only way I
could hope to keep you informed is to add you all to a general email
list - my "Friends of Angel" list. That's why you are getting this email.
The information I broadcast here will be somewhat generic, because I
must consider it to be in the public domain.
Angel moved to Michigan to be close to his son, a very high priority
in his life.
Because of a malicious complaint (my opinion) that Angel was
dangerous and had unregistered guns, a SWAT team raided his domicile
yesterday. I was tagged to be something of a nexus in the recovery
effort partly because I was on the phone with Angel when the SWAT
team showed up at his door, partly because I'm also a friend of
Angel's, and partly because of the curse or blessing of my
As soon as I knew that Angel was in jail, I called Alan Gottlieb of
SAF to get a referral for a local attorney. I found one from the SAF
list who had his cell number on his office answering machine, and who
answered his cell phone promptly, a bit after 5 PM CST. This
attorney got after Angel's situation immediately, and I phoned Nicki
of KeepAndBearArms.com next to hatch a plan to get the word out and
start the reference letters coming. These letters will be delivered
to Angel's attorney electronically, Monday morning.
Today, an associate of the attorney I contacted yesterday appeared to
represent Angel at the arraignment, and got him sprung from jail on a
bond (the bond was not steep). I was out of the loop in the middle
part of the day today because it was the scheduled Annual Meeting for
MSSA in our State Capitol, Helena, Montana (yes, thank you, I am
I talked to Angel on the phone within 20 minutes of his release (and
several times since). Of course, he's angry, frustrated, bummed, and
distraught - who wouldn't be under these circumstances? But, he's coping.
Angel has an immediate need of protection from the consequences of
any more malicious police reports. We're working with some Michigan
folks to provide Angel with company to document his whereabouts and
activity until this is resolved. If you know anyone in Michigan
(Detroit/Pontiac area) who might help with this, let me know.
We are also sketching out a fundraising plan for legal expenses that
should come together within about 48 hours. Stay tuned for more about this.
In the mean time, Angel is facing four misdemeanor charges, three of
which are for guns that were not yet registered properly under
Michigan law, but which Angel was in the process of trying to get
registered. Bad timing and a malicious complaint - what can I say.
But, I believe, your many and kind letters will help establish with
the court that Angel is an upstanding guy.
Thanks loads for your concerns, your help, and your many offers to
help more. I'm sure Angel would want me to go heavy on thanks to you too.
I am scheduled to teach the second day of a two-day precision riflery
class tomorrow, and will be out of the loop all afternoon. Other
than that period, I will keep you updated as new and significant
information becomes available.
Gary Marbut, president
Montana Shooting Sports Association
author, Gun Laws of Montana
Hmm... Any Michigan Freepers want to lend a hand?
I notice how very carefuly there is no mention of who filed the original complaint.
They rolled a TAC team to serve a misdemeanor. Nice I am very surprised that this one didn't end in flames
To borrow a turn of phrase from Jeff Foxworthy:
"If you hate guns, but are willing to sic a SWAT team on someone who pissed you off, you just might be a liberal."
Michigan law requires registration of all handguns, and payment of a fee, under the guise of a "safety inspection."
Of which is sounds like Angel was in the process of complying with when his ex-wife sicced the cops on him...
See the latest at 65.
If they want to "get you" they will. I personally sen a case where LOE chopped a legal shotgun just to incarcerate an outspoken honest citizen. Charges were eventually dropped and legal fees were recovered but that is not the point.
Thank you Dan.
You're fine young man.
I noticed long ago that you were an astute individual on the gun issues, when several FReepers and I met you at the Gun Policy Rights Conference in Northern Ky a few years ago.
Good to hear from you ol' buddy. I hope all is well.
Where you been?
I've been sickened to see how many old FReepers have left us since the neocon/RINOs over ran the site during the 2000 election.
I thought that the Bushy neocons would go away and drink their purple kool aid elsewhere after all the congressional opportunists got their way.
It seems that a lot of mindless goofs have taken the FR stage to the frustration of the serious discussion groups.
I'll stick around none-the-less.
Bless you my friend.
Sounds like I am not the only frustrated FReeper out here. There has not been a good flaming political discussion here in at least a couple of years.
Once you've said everything at least three or more times, the motivation to say it again wanes.
Sounds like he has been targetd vindictively and with the help of a law enforcement organization that has little respect for the above named documents.
Angel...we are with you and will support you in any way possible. Both monetarily and with letters of reference...and there on the ground if you ever needed us.
Sending in a machinggun-toating, flak-vested SWAT team on a misdemeanor serving indeed. Not even any homework or consideration given that he might be trying to comply with the very regulations they arrest him for. Just bringing in heavy weaponry to make sure one of the peons is not keeping a few hanguns against their wishes.
What elitist, tyranical irony...but a sick and dangerous irony that could easily have gotten Angel and anyone with him killed had he had any inclination to try and oppose their heavy-handed tactics.
Sorry I was offline all weekend and missed this as it came down.
Great to see you brother. See my post 78. God's speed and His blessings to you and yours.
I too am surprised how the passion for the 2A has seemed to wane around here.
A few weeks back, I posted a (vanity) piece entitled "Legal to Vote, Legal to Carry". I expected a good discussion and maybe some plans for grassroots activism. Nope. 40 replies, and about a third are mine.
If you're interested you should get it searching by title. If not let me know and I'll ping you with it.
I'm in Iraq now, so I only get online every few days for an hour or so.
March 4, 2006
Oakland County, Michigan
Re: Mr. Angel Shamaya
Mr. Angel Shamaya is before your court on a misdemeanor charge of having been in possession of one or more firearms not properly registered under Michigan laws.
I have known Angel for several years and want to inform the court that I know him to be a law-abiding and upstanding American citizen. I don't know whether or not he violated Michigan law, but I do know that he a good person who moved there to be near his son and who takes his family and civic responsibilities very seriously. He is a non-violent and reputable person. He is one of the good guys in our society. I hold a high level security clearance with the U.S. government and work in the area of regional infrastructure security. I would trust Angel in that environment on a moments notice because of my past knowledge and experience with him.
Please afford Mr. Shamaya the respect and courtesy you would any other beyond-reproach, well-known, upstanding member of your community. I am almost certain, that if you look at this closely, you will find that Angel was either already complying with, or seeking to comply with whatever regulations he is accused of violating and should therefore be afforded every before-mentioned courtesy and consideration
Thank you very much for your time in reading this letter.
Emmett, ID 83617
In Iraq? I have seriously considered it myself on several occassions...have lots of friends and compatriots over there...and now another. God's best to you and yours, His blessings and His watch care.
Please do ping me to that thread.
See my letter of support to the Judge in post 81. Hope tens of thousands of such letters come in for him.
Ping me next time and thanks in advance!
Great letter Jeff.
Maybe you should try writing a book or two!
Gotta get with the folks who are gathering these things and get that fixed. Duh...guess that old fifty mark is setting in, need the better half to whack me upside the head with a frying pan a little more often or something.
Who provides Character References for a man he doesn't know?
Many of us do know him. Many have watched and known of his involvement with the 2nd Amendment for years, and many have been involved with him or he with us. Based on that knowledge, a reference can be made...and I hope thousands do.
"To: vrwc0915 Generally one can get an idea of what a person is like by looking at those with whom they associate. I see women like this everyday turning out loser after loser with loser after loser. Ignore reality if you like I could not care less. Scumbag Causes Death of Son should have been headline. Brainless Slut Critical of Lawmen would be another accurate one. Never fear that I will complain to the mods about anything you wish to call me. Give it your best shot. 67 posted on 03/03/2006 11:38:01 AM CST by justshutupandtakeit (Public Enemy #1, the RATmedia.)"
A Character Reference is for an INDIVIDUAL. My discussion was of a subculture and was a description of a type we see far too often. Perhaps that is too subtle for you.
Great I just have the idea that it is bad to do this if one does not know the person. That is dishonest and has no bearing upon the actions of those who DO know him.
Agreed...but I do not think the intent was to get peope who do not know him to fruadulently endorse or reference him. The fact is, there are thousands who do know him and can provide such reference. I see the request trying to get those people involved. I am one of those and it got to the right person. So are many others on this thread.
oops, private reply comin
Thank you Tinman..
That is surely the truth my good man.
I read your message and I will pass it on.
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