A San Antonio man was reportedly arrested while openly carrying his rifle while on a walk near his home on Monday. The incident, which was video recorded by the gun owner, started out as a calm and reasonable conversation but ended dramatically with cops tasing the man before they put him in handcuffs.
While it is perfectly legal to openly carry a rifle in Texas, police reportedly arrested Henry Vichique, 19, under a local ordinance that apparently prohibits residents from carrying a loaded rifle or shotgun within city limits. In this video posted on YouTube Monday, Vichique is seen being approached by officers and immediately ordered to put his rifle on the ground. I”m not doing anything wrong, sir, Vichique replies to the command. One of the officers then claimed they received complaints that he was pointing his rifle at people. Vichique denied pointing his gun at anyone and informed officers that his rifle was loaded. After several minutes of chatting between Vichique and a reasonable-sounding officer, it seemed as if the situation would be diffused and the gun owner would be sent on his way. You are not under arrest. You are free to go, the cop says in the video. Youre just going to happen to walk home, and Im just going to happen to make sure you get home safely and as soon as you get home safely, you will never see us again. Then the situation took an unexpected turn.
We are going to take that gun off your shoulder, do you understand that? the officer is heard saying. Do you understand that? The other officer then asks Vichique if he is going to fight if they grab his gun, to which he replies, Im not going to grab it, sir. I have not been arrested and the law says unless Ive been arrested, you cant take it from me. Though he had already confirmed several times that his rifle was loaded, the officers asked him again. Its chambered, Vichique replies, claiming again that hes not breaking any laws. Then, suddenly, an officer pulls out his taser uses it on Vichique, who mumbles that he is being unlawfully arrested and that he doesnt consent to any searches or seizures.
Open Carry Texas accused the SAPD of lacking the proper training, experience and common sense on guns and Texas law.