By Jueseppi B.
Texas Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Reacts to Open Carry of Assault Rifle Inside Texas Shopping Mall
The Texas chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is encouraged by local authority’s response to a recent open carry incident inside Parkdale Mall on December 28, 2013, where there exists a no guns policy. Derek Poe, owner of Golden Triangle Tactical, which leases a store inside the mall, walked through the shopping mall openly carrying an AR-15 while terrifying customers in Beaumont, Texas. He proceeded to walk into the Game Stop, where he was stopped by the Beaumont Police Department, who appropriately questioned him and confiscated his rifle. Mr. Poe later turned himself in after a warrant was issued for his arrest at the request of the Jefferson County district attorney’s office. Moms Demand Action supports this charge and is also calling for CBL properties, the parent company of Parkdale Mall, to immediately revoke Poe’s store lease.
Poe faces up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted of disorderly conduct. In addition to legal charges, Moms Demands Action is seeking a response from CBL Properties. Poe broke the terms of his lease agreement and should no longer be allowed to maintain a store within Parkdale Mall. Mr. Poe’s “exercise” shows a complete lack of judgment and disregard for local citizens, store employees, the mall owner and law enforcement resources.
Mr. Poe’s actions reveal the insanity behind open carry laws in Texas and in other states across the country. Texas permits open carry of loaded long guns in public and on private property where it is not prohibited by notice. Parkdale Mall has a policy prohibiting this behavior, but many businesses are not aware of the detailed and often onerous requirements for prohibiting open and concealed carry of guns onto private properties. Moms Demand Action is working hard to assist business owners in understanding their rights as private property owners. We stand ready to help any corporation or business in navigating state laws to assure a safe environment for its employees, clients and shoppers.
Gun rights extremists supporting Mr. Poe are currently planning an open carry march outside the Beaumont location of Gander Mountain on January 18. They claim that they will encircle the Parkdale Mall and possibly enter the mall itself. This planned event reveals recklessness and support of behavior that is calculated to threaten regular citizens and American businesses.
Moms Demand Action’s Statement on the Retirement of Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy
As she announces her retirement, the Greater NYC chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America would like to heartily thank Rep. Carolyn McCarthy for her tireless leadership for gun reform in America.
“Representative McCarthy is a shining example of what a self-professed ‘ordinary wife and mother’ can do when she sets her mind to politics,” said Wendy Szymanski, Greater NYC Chapter Leader for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “As a direct result of Rep. McCarthy’s untiring efforts to see the National Instant Background Check Improvement Act signed into law, countless firearms have been kept out of the hands of dangerous people. We are incredibly thankful for her work on behalf of all our families. As accidental activist moms, we look up to her greatly and commit to continuing to work to fulfill her dream.”
Spurred to activism by personal tragedy when a deranged gunman opened fire on the LIRR on Dec. 7, 1993, killing her husband, Dennis, and severely wounding her son, Kevin, McCarthy sought and won her Congressional seat for NY’s 4th district in 1997.
Since taking office, she has been on the front line working for gun control, sponsoring bills requiring trigger locks and banning the purchase of firearms for foreign nationals visiting the US. She introduced (H.R. 2640, the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007) in response to the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech. The bill, with the support of the National Rifle Association, was passed by the House and signed by President Bush.
She will be missed greatly by gun reform activists, and we send her our deepest thanks, as well as our best wishes, for her upcoming retirement. Moms Demand Action looks forward to continued work for gun sense in New York with her replacement.
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