Skip to comments.Are we getting the whole story behind the Austin gun show? (TX)
Posted on 02/05/2010 6:34:22 AM PST by marktwain
Alice Tripp, Legislative Director of The Texas State Rifle Association, has given us "The Story Behind the Gun Show Crisis in Austin." Her first main conclusion?
Darwin Boedeker of Texas Gun Shows was not the focus of the Thursday, Jan. 14th, meeting. He was not threatened, coerced or intimidated by BATF or the APD.
I guess the question that comes to my mind is, what would have happened had Boedecker refused to cooperate with the "suggestions"?
Darwin Boedeker did not take a lawyer, did not stop the meeting or ask for advice, and did not ever contact TSRA.
What would have happened if he had?
I'm not sure we have all the necessary facts to be drawing conclusions about this. Despite Ms. Tripp's assurances that "I was able to visit on the phone with a law enforcement officer who acted as the door-cop at Austin gun shows for many years" and "I asked [sic] also able to talk with other APD officers involved with the Thursday meeting," regular readers will recall a previous column about this, where attorney Jerri Lynn Ward shared with us her Open Records Request to the Austin Police Department.
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That’s why the call it “intimidation” ;)
Austin is a libturd city near 100%.
Then why were these tyrants even bothering with this?? Didn’t they have real criminals they needed to be chasing?
Austin PD doesn’t want to cough up the info, eh?
Fixed for you.
Those of us living in the suburbs and 'outlying areas' around Austin mostly only associate with the city by name.
Dittos to that statement. I heard very little about this story, but there was something about not doing good background checks before selling the guns.
Agreed. There’s the Austin area and then there’s Austin city limits. Fortunately, at least for now, most of the outer ring of the Austin area is occupied by sane Texans.
“Austin PD doesnt want to cough up the info, eh?”
City police with secrets needs to be a VERY high bar. I understand that a law enforcement agency needs the ability to conduct a legitimate investigation behind curtains. You can’t exactly tell a child molester or bank robber exactly how you intent to catch them.
But that said, cities have no business whatsoever concealing ANYTHING of a policy or political nature. Cities don’t launch nukes or start wars.
Austin is clearly concealing something of a policy agenda. This is pue despotism, pure corruption. Austin is Texas main communist neighborhood.
The cops wanted them to patrol the parking lot to prevent private sales and to force private transactions inside to go through an FFL with a 4473 and background check. IOW, they wanted the event promoter to require their customers to go beyond what the law requires.
Then they pretended the reason for their concern was that illegals were buying guns there, even though there is a market across the same parking lot swarming with illegals they could arrest if they wanted to, and despite the fact that Austin has a sanctuary policy for illegals.
The People's Socialist Republik of Austin is a nasty blue zit, smack in the middle of the beautiful red face of Texas!
Absolutely true. There's a Mexican food market at the same location where illegals shop and congregate. APD's making lame excuses and providing cover for ATF in the process.
and despite the fact that Austin has a sanctuary policy for illegals.
Yeah, the APD is really worried about the illegals here. < /sarc> As you pointed out, Austin is a sanctuary city. I think a lot have headed back across the border since construction has dropped off.
LOL ... no offense intended, shouldn’t have been so general with my Austin comment...
That's because the law only requires *licensed dealers*, that is Federal Firearms License holders, to conduct such checks. (not even then for Texas CHL holders, of which I am one and my latest acquisition was at the Crocket Center/Saxet show in Austin. No BC required)
But what HEB and the show promoter were coerced into doing was forcing non dealers to either not sell firearms or to have a dealer run the check. That's what the Brady Bunch wants the law to be. But it's not the law, yet.
Enforcing laws not passed by the representatives of the people, is the very definition of tyranny. A modern day analog of "taxation without representation", but now it's "restriction without representation".
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