A Beaumont, Texas mall storeowner brought a rifle in plain view into GameStop before going on to his own establishment, insisting that he was simply exercising his Second Amendment rights.
Derek Poe stopped by the GameStop in Parkdale Mall before going to Golden Triangle Tactical, his own store, with an AR-15 slung over his back. The police seized the weapon, calling his open carry display “calculated to alarm.”
Witnesses at the scene indeed seemed alarm, telling police they were “terrified” and “thought they were going to die.”
Poe, who was charged with disorderly conduct, insists that he posed no threat. The rifle was facing barrel down and his hands weren’t on it, he said, so there was no reason anyone should have feared for their safety.
"It was clearly obvious I didn't have criminal intent. I had a drink in one hand and a bag in the other. I didn't commit a crime. I legally carried a long arm in Texas," Poe said.
Poe may have been a little early for the “Open Carry Freedom Walk” scheduled for Jan. 18 in a nearby parking lot.
Golden Triangle Tactical sells weapons like the one Poe was carrying, so perhaps it was all a publicity stunt for his shop, which offers tactical essentials like night vision goggles, AK-47s, and First Aid kits, touting the motto “Safe solutions in an unsafe world.”
Source: 12 News