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Category: Gun Crimes

Nov 6
2020

Texas White Supremacists Charged with Weapons Trafficking

Gun Crimes | Weapons Crimes

In the United States, thoughts and opinions are not crimes. However, in the cases of white supremacists, being a member of a white supremacist group can garner unwanted attention from law enforcement.

Organizations with this kind of ideology are what law enforcement is especially monitoring for crimes right now, whether the belief system is directly attributable or not.

Recently, a group of 12 Texans, known members of the white supremacist group Aryan Circle, was arrested in connection with a number of crimes from federal racketeering conspiracy to unlawful firearms trafficking.

Because many groups with thoughts and opinions outside what is considered “mainstream” tend to also practice their right to bear arms, we want to focus on weapons trafficking charges.[...]

Jul 17
2020

Is It Legal to Carry a Weapon While Wearing a Face Mask in TX?

Gun Crimes | Weapons Crimes

Despite having blocked local officials from requiring people to wear masks in April, Governor Greg Abbott issued an official order that requires the use of face masks in public earlier this month. The order went into effect on Friday, July 3 at 12:01 p.m. The major reversal comes as coronavirus cases soar and the state scrambles to get the surge under control.

According to the statewide order, masks must be worn over the nose and mouth in public places in counties with more than 20 COVID-19 cases. Under the law, public spaces where masks must be worn include businesses and buildings open to the public, in addition to outdoor public areas where social distancing is not feasible.

The law [...]

Apr 25
2016

Fort Worth Police Fatally Shoot Armed Man Responding to Fight

Gun Crimes

On July 31, 2015, a Fort Worth police officer—a veteran who had been on the force for 23 years, but has yet to be identified—shot an armed suspect near West 5th and Houston Streets in Fort Worth, Texas. According to news reports, the police officer has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

Police Break Up Fight

The shooting was preceded by officers responding to a fight between two men around 1:30 a.m. Both men were instructed by officers to stop fighting, and to put up their hands. One man, who has been identified as Phillip Vallejo, had a handgun. According to officers’ statements, Vallejo was instructed to put down his weapon, but did not. Thinking that Vallejo may

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