Open-carry activist in viral video avoids jail time

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Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 8:14pm

Army Master Sergeant CJ Grisham, the man at the center of a viral video involving open carry laws in Temple, will avoid jail time.

In March, Grisham and his son were walking in west Temple in an effort to get his son a boy scout badge.

Grisham at the time was in possession of an AR15 semi-automatic rifle.

He was stopped by a police officer after somebody called the cops on him.

Grisham said he was carrying the rifle in case the two were confronted by a coyote or a feral hog.

The arrest and confiscation of his weapon was caught on video and sparked outrage among open-carry activists.

Grisham was charged with interfering with the duty of a public officer, but not having the gun in public.

He was found guilty Tuesday ,and Wednesday he was sentenced to a $2,000 fine.

Jurors decided against jail time for Grisham, who said he is planning on appealing the verdict.

See the orginal video here.


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