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Precedent Set — Man Found Not Guilty for Shooting 3 Cops During No-Knock Raid

Corpus Christi, TX — Ray Rosas is a free man tonight after a jury of his peers found him not guilty of shooting three Corpus Christi police officers on February 19, 2015. On that day, early in the morning, CCPD executed a no-knock search warrant, forcing entry into the home without first knocking and announcing they were the police.

A flash bang grenade was fired into Rosas’ bedroom, reportedly stunning the 47-year-old, who then opened fire on the intruders. Three officers were wounded; officers Steven Ruebelmann, Steven Brown, and Andrew Jordan. Police were looking for drugs and Rosas’ nephew, who they suspected to be a dealer. However, the unnamed nephew was not home at the time of the raid.

Rosas spent nearly 2 years in jail awaiting trial, which concluded Tuesday with a Nueces County jury finding him not guilty. Rosas’ defense maintained, based on statements he made immediately following the shooting and later in jail that he did not know the men breaking into his home were police officers and there was no way he could’ve known, having been disoriented by the flash-bang stun grenade. “The case is so easy, this is a self-defense case,” said Rosas’ lawyer in closing arguments.

Rosas originally faced three counts of attempted capital murder, but the prosecution dropped those charges just before the trial began, opting instead to try him for three counts of aggravated assault on the police officers. The jury sided with his defense attorney’s argument he had a right to defend his home and found him not guilty on all charges.

The controversial no-knock raids, as The Free Thought Project has consistently reported, often results in officers wounded or killed, otherwise innocent people facing charges of murder or attempted murder, and frequently sees innocent citizens caught in the crossfire. They’re arguably dangerous for everyone involved, infrequently producing the desired results, and costing taxpayers millions in lawsuits, court costs, and legal fees.

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Rosas’ case is further evidence that the State of Texas has a very real problem on its hands and may have set a precedent for other citizens caught up in the melee of a no-knock police raid. The Castle Doctrine, the Texas law which allows for an individual to defend a person’s abode, dwelling, even vehicles with deadly force, has surely been put to the test. In Rosas’ case, it appears as though the Castle Doctrine has survived yet another legal challenge, potentially setting the precedent that not even the police have the right to invade one’s home unannounced. Tuesday’s verdict may also bring hope to others who have fallen victim to police raids, and those who have chosen to stand their ground and shoot back at their home’s invaders. One such individual is Marvin Louis Guy.

As The Free Thought Project first reported in 2014, Guy is facing the death penalty. Guy shot and killed Detective Charles Dinwiddie and injured several other Killeen police officers, as they were attempting to forcefully enter Guy’s home on May 9, 2014, at 5:30 am. Police had been surveilling Guy’s home for some time after an informant claimed Guy was trafficking a large quantity of cocaine. At some point in the investigation, the decision was made to enter Guy’s home and attempt to find evidence which would corroborate the informant’s claim.

But after entering the residence, in a show of force which resulted in the loss of life of a veteran police officer, no drugs, not even a single marijuana joint was found, only a glass smoking pipe turned up. The consequence for the police incursion resulted in one detective’s death, and yet another Black man being charged with homicide. Guy’s fate is yet to be determined, as he is awaiting trial for Dinwiddie’s murder which, arguably, would not have occurred had the police not attempted to enter his home unannounced.

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Even if the police had identified themselves before attempting to enter Guy’s home, there have been enough crimes committed by criminals posing as police, to justify Guy’s decision to defend his life from intruders. With Guy already being a convicted felon, more questions will likely be raised as to whether or not the Castle doctrine can be extended to convicted felons. The weapon Guy used, a 9mm, had been reported stolen. Likewise, his possession of the weapon was also another potential felony. But the question remains. Do all Americans have a right to defend themselves? Under current Texas law, convicted felons do not have a right to keep and bear arms for the protection of their persons or dwelling. According to many jailhouse interviews conducted by KDH News, Guy told reporters “he was simply defending himself when his bedroom window was broken out that morning.”

Complicating matters further for the prosecution in Guy’s case is the fact that a precedent has already been set in a similar case. As The Free Thought Project reported, charges against Henry Goedrich Magee were dropped following a TX grand jury’s refusal to indict Magee on capital murder charges for the shooting death of Burleson County Sgt. Adam Sowders, after the sergeant led a team of police officers into Magee’s residence using the same “no-knock” search warrant method. Magee claimed he was protecting his home and his pregnant girlfriend, the exact same claim Guy made upon his arrest.

After the grand jury refused to indict Magee, the case against him was dropped, just a few short months after the shooting occurred, quite a contrast from Guy’s imprisonment. Guy has been sitting in jail for two and a half years awaiting his day in court, held under three million dollars bond.

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The discrepancies in the way Magee was treated and how Guy’s case is being handled hasn’t gone unnoticed. A petition to drop all charges against Guy was created on the Change.org website. A portion of the petition reads;

It is always a tragic, unfortunate event when anyone loses their lives, especially in the line of duty. But how can we essentially say that one person was defending themselves and another was committing murder, under such similar circumstances…No drugs were found in Guy’s house. Besides, if beyond a reasonable doubt is needed to convict, how can we be certain that Guy knew that the person(s) entering his home, at 5:30 in the morning, were peace officers, something required for the capital murder charge? Guy deserves to be treated fairly and the same as another man who acted in self-defense or what any other reasonable American would do.

For Guy’s supporters, possibly, there’s new hope that he will soon be set free. Rosas’ case may indeed serve as a precedent for Guy’s lawyers to file a motion that charges against him be dropped.

  • The Cat’s Vagina

    http://www.reactiongifs.com/r/2013/07/happy-dance-.gif

    Now maybe they’ll stop pulling this Commando bullshit on their own citizens!

    • Zackknowitall

      If not let’s hope lots of cops die a horrible death.

      • hajmola

        Why would you want more people to die?

        • Jared Drury

          He said cops, not people.

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          • Cops are people too. When you make that kind of separation of us vs them regardless of who started it. You sir have become part of the problem.

          • NeonDisease

            False, people go to jail when they break into a stranger’s home with guns.

          • TeslaFan

            Unless the homeowner kills them which is clearly legal in texass.

          • KnoKnees

            Fortunately, it’s legal everywhere.

          • I don’t blame that cops for that I blame days and cop suckers who sit on juries

          • James Michael

            Cops are not the people. They lost that title when they swore an oath…Try again ignoramus.

          • He didn’t say THE people he did people. There is a difference.

        • Yonan Gezza

          To encourage cops to stop pulling this commando bullshit on their own citizens.

          • Army Vet 4444

            I totally agree. Using a “no-knock” warrant was once upon a time, and hopefully will be again, against the law. And it was against the law for a lot of good reasons.

          • James Michael

            Always been treason of their sworn oaths…..Treason is never law.
            Olmsted v. United States, (1928) 277 U.S. 438
            “Crime is contagious. If the Government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.”

          • Really? Which seems more likely in our imperfect world.

            Cop 1: “Hmmm citizens are angry and have actually killed police over things the department tells us to do and what they say will keep us safe. Let’s sit down and think this over and try and figure out what we can do different. to make sure everyone is safe and no one group is seen as an enemy.”

            Cop2: “Those fucker’s killed george. I’m gonna fuck somebody up over this shit. I don’t give a fuck who it is”

            Those is the above sentence is meant to represent citizens in general.

          • It’s been postulated that police entrance exams look for a certain range of IQ, a very average range, as that level of intelligence makes for an officer just smart enough to do the job, and just dumb enough to not question authority as studies have shown that people with high levels of intelligence tend to question authority. If that is true, and it certainly seems to be, than Cop2 is more likely the probable outcome.

          • TeslaFan

            It’s true.

          • David Drake

            Funny my father who was a sherrif in san diego for 14 years had an iq of 156. He also stated that they never issued any sort of iq test. Also iq is a measure of how fast you learn. Not a moral of ethical test. You can have a person with a high iq who is a sociopath and still be a cop who just does not give a crap. Somehere the logic in the post is kinda flawed.

          • Read the post above. Looks like in CT it’s OK to reject for high IQ.

          • You’re forgetting Cop 3: “the last two SWAT teams we sent to raid/invade this guy’s house were returned to us in bags. Do we:

            1. Consider a different option, or
            2. Keep sending officers into the meat grinder.”

            Maybe do a little research before you break into a home full of Army Rangers that just came off mission and are feeling a little antsy?

        • Papa Ron

          All people die, some need to be expedited to reduce the harm they do to others.

        • Cause they are trolls.

        • Zackknowitall

          Did I say I wanted people to die?
          No I only recognize the facts that people will die.
          What I want is for their deaths to be horrible.

          Trapped upside down in their car as they burn alive. All bc they didn’t wear a seatbelt and as a result they get to bang up to get out of the car.

          I want to watch the video and masterbait to it.

          • I pleasured myself to your misspellings.

          • johnmcv

            Did it mispel?

          • Zackknowitall

            That is very cool as I jerkoff to videos of cops being killed. Sometimes I prank call their wives on funeral day while jerking and playing the videos of their husbands screaming in the back ground. Other times I’ll take screen shots if their dead pig blowing them up really big then mail it to them.

          • yawn

          • johnmcv

            Oh my…..someone from the twilight zone.

      • You’re probably the same hypocrite/troll that screams the loudest when excerpts from police one are released of cops talking about abusing citizens.

        The system is power drunk the more we push the harder they push back. The whole thing reminds me of the israeli/palestine conflict. You do this so I do this, you do this so I do this. you do this so I do this. on and on and on.

        A softer hand is needed and in the long run we will much better off.

        • Zackknowitall

          Pushing back? Them cops killed in Dallas will only be pushing up daisy from here on out. Lol

        • Tara McFly

          It reminds you of the ishreali/palestinian conflict because they are run by the same entity, the ishraelis The only differences are geography and the fact that you, the US citizens, are the new palestinians.
          To use a softer hand approach you need to stop the entity who is creating worldwide disturbance. Until this is accomplished we will never be better off.

          • #raiseherrent

          • johnmcv

            Put your boots on,mcflea is spreadin the manure.

        • TeslaFan

          the “softer hand” has to start with the police.

        • Zackknowitall

          Nope

        • James Michael

          A softer hand with traitor felons? Fuck off boot licking unamerican pussy.

          • You talk to veterans like that. Shame on you troll.

    • Army Vet 4444

      Now, maybe we can start working on getting our 1st 10 Amendments back. Kill the “Patriot Act”, and take back 5 of the fist 10 in our Bill of Rights in one stroke of a pen.

  • Jun 14, 2016 The Trial Tax: How the US imprisons the Innocent

    The Trial tax is a term used to describe a harsher sentence received when going to trial.

    https://youtu.be/NXBPD2iTASM

  • Mar 1, 2013 The U.S. Supreme Court: Architects of the American Police State

    The Fourth Amendment is being inexorably bled to death. The latest wound, in which a unanimous Supreme Court determined that police officers may use drug-sniffing dogs to conduct warrantless searches of cars during routine traffic stops, comes on the heels of recent decisions by the Court that give police power to taser defenseless motorists, strip search non-violent suspects, and break down people’s front doors without evidence that they have done anything wrong.

    https://youtu.be/8Nckf6Yi2io

    • dufas_duck

      And, according to the court, police can lie………

  • Liz O’neill

    this is good news for innocent civillians who are in extreme danger from no knock cops invading their homes, they can now do what the cops do, shoot first, ask questions later, and learn to chant, “I was in fear for my life”.

    • NeonDisease

      Don’t forget “stop resisting”.

      Apparently assault is legal if you robotically chant that while you beat someone to a pulp.

  • AuggieEast

    Until I see a Black person found not guilty for a similar “crime”, I’ll assume this is a precedent for Whites only. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/10/texas-no-knock-swat-raid

    • fairpricetickets

      Hopefully. Us whites are getting pretty scared. We talk about it at our meetings all the time.

      • Jared Drury

        Hey man, first rule of white club is that you don’t talk about white club.

        • Michael Langley

          I fail to see the whiteness of this victim of the system! Mr Rosas is, at least, brown skinned, if not black!

          .

    • rouge1

      That’s what they want you to think.

    • Trooper

      Why bring colour into this ?? this is not a race related crime at all. I get so fucked off with people always playing the race card, why do you have to label yourselves why can’t we all just be people instead of black/white/red/yellow ??

      • Fujikoma

        Probably because black people are treated more harshly by the criminal justice system in spite of having similar criminal backgrounds and committing the same offense as white people. That’s not to say that poor white people aren’t getting screwed more than white people (or some rich black people) with money, but if you want to fix the system, then you’d better start defending the rights of blacks since white rights will fall into that rubric.

        • Trooper

          Why should Black rights need defending more than anyone elses rights ? All people are equal and they should be treated as equals.

          • Julian Reyes

            you can’t reason or read or watch videos either, apparently. Typical. Very dumb.

          • Trooper

            is that the best you can do ?

          • johnmcv

            Unfortunately, SOME people of color have a way of antagonizing other people to the point were those other people want to kick azz.

        • jdgalt

          They may have similar backgrounds and commit similar crimes, but in every BLM video I’ve seen, the “victims” start by baiting and trash talking the cops to the point of total insanity. White people know better than to say that stuff to a cop. So should black people.

      • AuggieEast

        I bring up race because it exists and which race you are helps determine how the justice system sees you. Show me a similar case where a Black person got off after shooting a cop in a no-knock raid. Yet that jury in SC could not convict that White cop even with video of him shooting the Black guy in the back. If justice were fair, I wouldn’t have to bring it up. And by the way, I’m White.
        .

        • Trooper

          see this is what I am talking about, the colour of your skin makes no difference to me in the slightest. I don’t understand why people want to label themselves as different as that automatically creates a group of people that will spew hatred just because they can pick on something different to themselves. There are alot of things wrong with this world and to fix it we must first understand that all people are equal, making labels obsolete. Lets not be Black or white or straight or gay lets just be people who live on this planet with other people.

          • AuggieEast

            Your idea of not seeing race is noble, but it ignores the reality of our society. If there really were no differences in how Blacks and Whites are treated by the justice system, then we could all be colorblind. However the reality is something different. We can’t fix a problem if we don’t recognize it first.

          • Chicho Blanco

            Not only is your idea ignorant and stupid, it’s also racist. We are different and those differences should be celebrated. Pretending that there isn’t systemic racism is a tactic of prissy white people who refuse to acknowledge that we are living in a racist system.

          • Trooper

            You are obviously an idiot who has no concept of the world in which we live.

          • Chicho Blanco

            I do have a very good concept. You are poorly educated white trash.

          • Trooper

            nope I am fairly well educated and definitely not white trash as, firstly, I do not live in a trailer home in the USA (or anywhere else for that matter).

            I have never had sexual relations with an immediate family member and hold no “hateful” views, apart from when idiots get a hold of an internet capable device and start spewing complete bollocks as their tiny brain has no concept of what a healthy discussion is. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8a6c860e8b88c5ad1ca857debd1724e29283c08d489ad507d8caa5f725f6be90.jpg

      • johnmcv

        I give up…..why?

    • henrybowmanaz

      How about a brown one… would that satisfy your race-baiting little heart?

      http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/a-shot-in-the-dark-6346161

      This article was published before his eventual acquittal.

    • Michael Langley

      I fail to see the whiteness of this victim of the system! Mr Rosas is, at least, brown skinned, if not black!

  • NeonDisease

    In a country that allows its citizens to use lethal force to defend their
    homes from unknown intruders, no-knock raids are a suicidally stupid
    concept.

    These officers should be thanking their lucky stars that they’re still alive.

  • obama lied alot

    good, glad he got off, now sue for the false imprisonment and glad no one died

  • Paul Kisling

    Works for me. They did not even bother to check and see if the perp was home and still didn’t find drugs!

  • tazman2

    Inherently dangerous form of warrant service. Should be saved for only the most dangerous criminals. Sorry, DRUGS DON’T count. I have been medic for SWAT teams for years. These are one of my worst types. People get hurt or killed.

  • dufas_duck

    Now, if they will stop prosecuting citizens who defend themselves from off duty and plain clothed cops who start fights and then cry “cop” after the fight they started is already well under way. Or, when cops make sexual advances to women [and men] and when the cop doesn’t get their way, arrest their sexual victim claiming they didn’t follow officer’s commands or was resisting arrest… Or, how about prosecuting an officer that makes false charges against a citizen, lies on reports and in court??

    Christ, there are hundreds of police wrong doings that they get away with or is deemed to be within warped police policy!!

    • AJ

      You are absolutely correct. The entire judicial system in the USSA is corrupt and rotten to the core.

      As a concealed handgun permit holder for almost twenty years, I am well aware of the fact that there is no legal defense surrounding the use of deadly force if I provoke the encounter with abusive language or “fighting words”. Why are off-duty cops allowed to engage in this behavior?

      There is no legal justification for using deadly force against someone after poking them in the chest, pushing them, and calling them every vulgar and abusive word known to man.

      • Because the judge is a corrupt hell bound fuck who will always side with the cop.
        Want to wake up and see some reality. On your next weekday off go down to your local cities courthouse and sit in during drug “court”, by court I mean the plea bargain fest that passes as justice. It is an eye opener. Open to the public, many don’t know that, and very enlightening.

    • johnmcv

      Police are trained not to get into drunken brawls at the end of shift choir practice . They can drink their brains out and no one notices. Don’t get me started on prescribed “nerve pills” for job stress.

      • dufas_duck

        But yet, many do….and get a pass while their victims are jailed for protecting themselves…..

    • NeonDisease

      It’s like, you’re in “plainclothes” specifically to trick people into thinking you’re not a cop!

      So when you start grabbing someone, how the hell are they supposed to know that you’re a cop and not just some random mugger on the sidewalk???

      You can’t wear a disguise and then punish someone for being tricked by it!!!

  • Phil Evans

    I’m impressed they found a jury with 12 people that all had common sense.

    • TeslaFan

      And in texass, of all places!!

      • NeonDisease

        Texas takes their Castle Doctrine VERY seriously.

  • Army Vet 4444

    This is just so wrong. The Grand Jury should have been able to determine this was self defense right from the beginning. (That’s kind of the purpose of the grand jury hearing…. right?)

    THIS is what I have been fighting against. Police are supposed to be treated EXACTLY THE SAME as “citizens” on the street for a Grand Jury hearing. NO DIFFERENCE. I would sue them for putting me in jail for my pay for 2.5 years, and win.

    By the laws we live by, Police are citizens. By law, they are NO DIFFERENT than a plumber that carries a weapon. Yet we tend to have grand juries that are either WAY TOO LENIENT on police, or WAY TOO HARD on everyone that isn’t a cop. It’s something all of us should keep in mind. I know MY lawyer will DEMAND that I be treated exactly the same as a cop, if I need to use my weapon. That’s a point we have discussed. What surprised me, is he had never had anyone ask him for that kind of a defense.

  • Hard Little Machine

    In NC about a decade ago, cops carried out one of these warrants by FIRST shooting through the front door and killing him. The warrant was for a stolen Xbox.

    • I imagine that guy’s having a wonderful time knowing he murdered someone over an Xbox.

  • Amor Terra

    No knock warrants need to stop. And cops ought to be the first ones to demand that they do. They are dangerous for the officers. They are subject to abuse (like “anonymous” or unreliable informants’ mere claim that some nefarious activity is going on as the only basis to militarily invade someone’s home. They are subject to frequent errors (like going to the wrong address) resulting completely innocent people being injured, maimed, or killed. And even when they are executed against known criminals–guess what? Criminals often live with other people who aren’t criminals–and they’re often the ones harmed with these gestapo tactics. The supposed “war on drugs” responsible for this BS is nothing short of institutional murder.

    • johnmcv

      The whole purpose for midnite door busting is to surprise the occupants and keep from getting hurt….you dig?

      • Amor Terra

        If that’s the purpose, it’s fairly obvious that it doesn’t work.

      • James Michael

        It is also a treasonous felony…..

      • jdgalt

        Bullshit. The whole purpose for midnight raids is (1) to make it harder to fight back, (2) to scare the hell out of the targets, and (3) to “make an example” of the targets thus scaring the hell out of their friends and neighbors.

        And even if drug law enforcement could ever be justifiable under any circumstances, and it can’t, (2) and (3) are terrorism.

        No cop has any business inflicting PUNISHMENT unless directly ordered by a judge.

  • Rogue cops cost us money

    Disarm all police they are a danger to society.

    • Julian Reyes

      Yes, and NOW!

  • Ed

    Corpus Christi “law enforcement” owes that man a lot of money.

  • anarchyst

    Even the Nazis knocked on the door before gaining entry…
    Sorta tells you something about our “law enforcement” policies…
    It is a loosely-held secret that American “law enforcement” has adopted the Israeli model of “law enforcement” where “anything goes”…
    In fact, it is not uncommon for Israeli “law enforcement” types to urinate on the floor of Palestinian homes as a sign of supremacy and disrespect…
    It looks like “we are all Palestinians now”.

  • Jimmy Toucan

    Justice prevailed in this case.

  • TeslaFan

    I’d like to see him sue the State of Texas and bankrupt them.

    • James Michael

      1085$ a minute Trezevant V Tampa……

  • KnoKnees

    Now that the case has been decided, correctly I might add. There needs to be an investigation into who willfully withheld important evidence from the court. Obviously, the PD was attempting to illegally sway the jury. And whoever did it needs to be held 100% accountable for it. Individuals like that have no place in law enforcement and an example needs to be set, as soon as possible. Also, if I were the defendant, I’d be filing a considerable civil suit for obstruction of justice.

  • nighthawk

    What ever happened to a speedy trial? his is a case of keep the black man locked up for years BEFORE his trial this way he is punished even if he is found innocent. Another case of the police being wrong, butt syste is going to punish you anyway

  • Former felons who have done their time, paid their debts to society cannot possess firearms to protect our castles from invaders, but we *can* keep and bear edged arms. (The 2nd Amendment never mentions firearms anyway…)
    And truthfully, my fellow former felons, wouldn’t you really rather use a more up-close and personal approach to your self-defense? Pulling a little trigger with your index finger is certainly easier and safer than swordplay, but it’s hardly as satisfying! And if you have children or a wife on the other side of a sheetrock wall, bullets are really dangerous compared with knives.

    • jdgalt

      How hard is it for your opponent to shoot you from beyond the reach of your sword?

      • Have you ever heard of the 21 foot rule? This article talks about going up against police, people who have trained intensively with their firearms. But since I’m talking about going up against a criminal, I think my odds of winning the battle are extremely high. http://www.usadojo.com/articles/21-feet-valid.htm

    • James Michael

      That would be treason of the 2nd amendment…..a capital felony….

  • Ogrrre

    Guy should be charged for the felon in possession of a firearm. The murder charges should be dropped, since it was not an act of murder, but of self-defense. On the other hand, “[a]t some point in the investigation, the decision was made to enter Guy’s home and attempt to find evidence which would corroborate the informant’s claim.” A search warrant is supposed to be issued only when there is probable cause. If you have to break into someone’s home to search for evidence to support what some informant tells you, you don’t have probable cause. The entire team of police need to be charged with criminal trespass, felony breaking and entering, conspiracy to commit breaking and entering, and reckless endangerment. The judge who issued the no-knock warrant without the probable cause should be forcibly removed from the bench, and charged along with the cops on the conspiracy charge, and all charges against Guy should be dropped.

  • johnmcv

    Drop the homicide chges but nail him with convicted felon with a fire arm.

  • Saflak

    I can’t celebrate. The thing that jumps out at me is the two years of wrongful detention. They did not have probable cause to detain him. Should have been out on bail, at the very least.

  • DaveFreeman

    “…Ray Rosas is a free man tonight after a jury of his peers found him not guilty of shooting three Corpus Christi police officers…”

    Kind of a misleading statement. He either shot them or he didn’t. If the cops were most definitely shot, and if this man was found not guilty of shooting them, then who did? It would be more accurate to say that the jury found that shooting these cops was not a crime. That statement would have spoken volumes more than the original statement did.

    That aside, this is a good thing.

  • GR Arnold

    You have to knock and announce. After you knock you have to announce who you are. All cops know this and that has been the rule for the longest. I’m unaware of any changes to this standard procedure.

  • Joshua D Reynolds

    Your facts about Texas laws regarding felons and firearms are wrong…

    Sec. 46.04. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF FIREARM. (a) A person who has been convicted of a felony commits an offense if he possesses a firearm:
    (1) after conviction and before the fifth anniversary of the person’s release from confinement following conviction of the felony or the person’s release from supervision under community supervision, parole, or mandatory supervision, whichever date is later; or
    (2) after the period described by Subdivision (1), at any location other than the premises at which the person lives.

    http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/PE/htm/PE.46.htm

    • James Michael
      • Joshua D Reynolds

        I am listening to your podcast now. Why would you call me ignorant when I simply corrected the incorrect assumption that felons in Texas could not own firearms. WTF? How does your comment help anyone?

      • Joshua D Reynolds

        You know, if you’d like to teach, calling people ignorant, even if true, is a hinderance to your cause. I will ignore your gross underestimation of myself and your extreme rudeness to point out that I gave the law for TEXAS since that is what this article is about. I will also give you the DEFINITION of a firearm in Texas, since that is the subject matter of this podcast you have shared as well the federal CRIMINAL definition of firearm in 18 USC Chapter 44, since your guy was only giving a TAX definition of firearm.

        Texas Penal Code, Chaper 46. http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/PE/htm/PE.46.htm

        (3) “Firearm” means any device designed, made, or adapted to expel a projectile through a barrel by using the energy generated by an explosion or burning substance or any device readily convertible to that use. Firearm does not include a firearm that may have, as an integral part, a folding knife blade or other characteristics of weapons made illegal by this chapter and that is:
        (A) an antique or curio firearm manufactured before 1899; or
        (B) a replica of an antique or curio firearm manufactured before 1899, but only if the replica does not use rim fire or center fire ammunition.

        federal – 18 USC CH.44
        https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/921

        (3) The term “firearm” means (A) any weapon (including a starter gun) which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; (B) the frame or receiver of any such weapon; (C) any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; or (D) any destructive device. Such term does not include an antique firearm.
        (4) The term “destructive device” means—
        (A) any explosive, incendiary, or poison gas—
        (i) bomb,
        (ii) grenade,
        (iii) rocket having a propellant charge of more than four ounces,
        (iv) missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than one-quarter ounce,
        (v) mine, or
        (vi) device similar to any of the devices described in the preceding clauses;
        (B) any type of weapon (other than a shotgun or a shotgun shell which the Attorney General finds is generally recognized as particularly suitable for sporting purposes) by whatever name known which will, or which may be readily converted to, expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant, and which has any barrel with a bore of more than one-half inch in diameter; and
        (C) any combination of parts either designed or intended for use in converting any device into any destructive device described in subparagraph (A) or (B) and from which a destructive device may be readily assembled.
        The term “destructive device” shall not include any device which is neither designed nor redesigned for use as a weapon; any device, although originally designed for use as a weapon, which is redesigned for use as a signaling, pyrotechnic, line throwing, safety, or similar device; surplus ordnance sold, loaned, or given by the Secretary of the Army pursuant to the provisions of section 4684(2), 4685, or 4686 of title 10; or any other device which the Attorney General finds is not likely to be used as a weapon, is an antique, or is a rifle which the owner intends to use solely for sporting, recreational or cultural purposes.

        So, now that we got that sorted out, is there anything else you’d like to Disqus?

  • James Michael

    All no knock raids, are felony home invasions and treason of the 4th and 5th amendments, anyone doing them should be shot.

  • John Thomas Badcock

    The war on drugs?

    The drugs won – some just don’t accept the outcome yet.