Originally Posted by Durangokid
AZL it is nice to know when you were a police officer you never arrested anyone on a firearms violation. You were a fine officer. It had to be tough being a police officer and avoiding firearms laws. Your total disgust and distrust of the FBI, Border Patrol, ICE, US Mashalls Service prove that you were a solid supporter of American law enforcement.
No, there WERE arrests for firearms violations, which I WILL not apologize for. Felons in possession. Armed robbery. Commission of a felony while in possession of a firearm. Brandishing a firearm with intent. Abso-freakin-lutely.
BUT...before AZ got CCW laws, and open carry was legal, the law stated a firearm was NOT concealed as long as "any part of the gun or HOLSTER was visible, or if the firearm was in luggage, or in any box or case designed to carry a firearm" BUT...local activist judges and prosecutors started to "re-define" those definitions to SOMEHOW mean that the gun had to be TOTALLY exposed and the part about ANY PART OF THE GUN OR HOLSTER being visible was forgotten. SO...a WHOLE LOT US on the street excecised "discretion" and figured THAT was bull****, and chose to enforce the law AS WRITTEN. So, no, I never busted abnyone for that. When those same judges and prosecutors decided somehow that having your gun on the seat of your car, even if it was totally exposed was somehow a violation of the law...likewise...WE didn't enforce their "legislation from the bench".
I can't count the number of hours I volunteered teaching Eddie Eagle gun safety to kids, or the number of people who I ran through CCW courses for FREE if they couldn't afford to pay the $150 or MORE that some guys charged for the old 16-hour class (seniors, single moms, or victims of stalking or domestic violence).
I have done more as a cop, and as an instructor than you probably ever have. I am a life member of NRA, ILA, JPF....I am not a BS Keyboard Activist and Know It All Kommando as you certainly appear to be.
And no, I don't have a lot of respect for federal authorities. Notwithstanding ICE and USBP who are by and large a good group of guys doing the ****tiest job in armed law enforcement...as someone who was forced to work with them and see how they work on an institutional level...I saw NO reason to trust those agencies. Some of the INDIVIDUAL agents were okay...but their agency was a federal bureauocracy that lived to feed itself, and it chewed up good agents. So again, NO, I didn't trust federal authority as a COP WHO HAD EXPERIENCE DEALING WITH THEM AND THE WAY THEY DO THINGS. When you dial 911...FEEBS don't show up, local cops who work FOR YOU and the community which they swore an oath to serve show up. Federal agencies work for THE GOVERNMENT and are mandated to further the interests of THE GOVERNMENT, not the communities whom they are supposed to serve. FEEBS trample state law (thereby violating the state's rights, and the rights of the people in the states in which they choose to abide). You will NEVER hear a fed called a "cop" by a real cop. You know why? Because they AREN'T. They do NOT serve a community, they serve the federal interests.
I am also willing to bet your opinion of all police officers was formed by interactions you had with them that you didn't like because YOU did something to attract their attention, and YOU drove that interaction to negative conclusion. SOME people aren't smart enough to take the break an officer is trying to give them, won't shut their pie hole, and THEY determine the outcome of the interaction with officers.
So, again, you are talking out of the place best reserved for expulsion of gas, feces, and sitting in front of your computer...because you just don't have a clue.