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Combat Army Veteran Receives Guns Back from Texas Criminal Justice System 1,567 Days continues stays on mission to exonerate members

Temple, Texas (July 5, 2017) – The Criminal Justice System seems to be taking on a new meaning in America where Citizens are presumed guilty until they are proven innocent. The CJ Grisham case continues to have folks scratching their heads.

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CJ Grisham retrieves his guns from Bell County Sheriff’s Office (June 30, 2017)

A retired Army First Sergeant went on a merit badge walk with his scout son out on a country road and winds up in jail after legally carrying a rifle in Texas. The case became controversial, because veteran Temple law enforcement officer Steve Ermis decided to make up a law on the side of the road and disarmed a Texan. It was all caught on video.

Complete dash cam of the illegal arrest and illegal disarmament of veteran Texan:

The case was finally resolved after hundreds of hours of litigation and monetary value of $175,000 in court costs and Texans regained the right to open carry a handgun two years later, with a License to Carry.

“We are honored to help a decorated veteran regain his property after so many years,” says Larry Keilberg, National Director for (SDF), “You have so many people that are always going to take the officer’s side of events, but we are glad to have supported a military veteran who was minding his own business until someone like officer Ermis intervened and infringed on legal activity.”

“Our SDF attorney team stood by Grisham all the way fighting for him against an out of control legal system starting with a bully cop, manipulation of the charges to fit the defense case, followed by a very biased judge, Neal Richardson, who said (as reported in the media), that the Grisham family were ‘Local Yokels’ and that he ‘was a better parent’,” said Mr. Kielberg.

“Grisham and the SDF attorney team sued the city and the two police officers in Federal Court and a trial date was set based on the evidence presented. The SDF paid a police expert witness in preparation for the trial and a week before the trial, Federal Judge Walter Smith Jr. changed his mind and dismissed the case only later to be removed from the bench for being intoxicated in his chambers and sexually molesting his court reporter and others multiple times. It makes the public distrust the system,” said Mr. Keilberg.

“We are very supportive of Constitutional Carry in Texas,” says Andy Valadez, Marine Veteran (non-combat) and Marketing Director for, “Most law enforcement officers have come to understand that many Americans who choose to carry should not be treated like criminals on-site, mutual respect goes a long way and good guys are not bad guys.”

“It saddens me that my family had to go through this legal abuse,” says CJ Grisham, Founder of Open Carry Texas, “I fought overseas for my country and led men in-theater, only to come back home and have to fight my own country. We have problems that need to be dealt with regarding how law-abiding citizens are treated by fellow oath takers.”

Open Carry Texas is a gun rights activist group founded after his arrest and supported by other open carry gun rights groups across the nation.

CJ Grisham Commentary on-location this weekend at the Austin 1776 Freedom March organized by Texans United for America: is a comprehensive litigation protection membership covering individuals, families and businesses in regards to personal protection with the use of any weapon in all 50 states, U.S. Territories and Tribal Lands.

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