SDF Video: Army Combat Veteran Loses Guns 2A Rights for 1,567 Days

By CTD Blogger published on in General, Legal

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. 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 wall all caught on video.

The case was finally resolved after hundreds of hours of litigation and monetary value of $175,000 in court costs. Grisham 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,” said Larry Keilberg, national director for SelfDefenseFund.com (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.’

“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,” Keilberg noted.

“We are very supportive of Constitutional Carry in Texas,” said Andy Valadez, Marine veteran (non-combat) and marketing director for SelfDefenseFund.com. “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,” said 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.”

Do you have legal defense coverage? Perhaps you do not favor open carry, but there are plenty of instances of law-abiding concealed carriers going through similar experiences? How would you handle either scenario? Share your answers in the comment section.


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.

SelfDefenseFund.com 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.

For more information on the National Association for Legal Gun Defense please visit: www.SelfDefenseFund.com.

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Comments (85)

  • Bill Gkar

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    What we see here is another example of how the American people are being conditioned to accept violations of their Constitutional rights by their own government. Yep…never, ever question a cop, even if the cop is wrong! Folks, you’re losing your freedoms and it will only get worse until you wake up one morning and realize you live in a full blown police state.

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  • Bullistik

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    Would the cops have reacted similarly had he been carrying a teddy bear?
    A teddy bear is not protected by the U.S. Constitution, but carrying the gun
    is. There is no defense for the actions of these cops. The guy was out for
    a walk with a legally carried gun and was no danger to anyone. I’m betting
    that the cops wouldn’t have to look very far to find some real bad guys to
    harass in Temple, TX rather than wasting time and taxpayer dollars doing
    what they did in this video.

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  • Jason

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    I hope he sued for those 2 cops jobs! And Cops need to be argued with period! Most of the time they lie about everything including the call that supposedly got fat boy out there! If I got a gun pulled on me by an a-hole like that he wouldn’t of been standing there! No he didn’t have the right to touch him at all so enough of the bulls%$t you 2 are yapping! Yes tell them the law don’t let them take advantage of you they need to do their Jobs the correct way not this way. This is why these police are shooting everybody because they’re too cocky and act like they are in the law no they are not they need to be told so. What are you two idiots cops telling us not to talk back !!!!???? If so go f%$k yourselves!

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  • Larry

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    Overreaction by both parties. But i believe that cop knew damn well the guy had a right to carry that rifle.

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  • jr8870

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    Another incident caused by an incompletely trained, badge heavy, Barney Fife having donut withdrawals… This is very common in rural Texas, where county deputies prowl the back roads… The local judges and DA’s are just as bad… The Old South is alive and well in rural Texas…

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  • NormV

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    The LEO was wrong in the first place, putting hands on the guy’s rifle without permission. Poor training, and bully tactics by both LEOs. The guy escalated by mouthing off instead of calmly explaining who they were and what they were doing. But at that point, the LEO touching his rifle had already pushed the situation into a confrontation, instead of a friendly and respectful meeting. I can’t believe the one LEO said he didn’t care about the law. Piss poor. I can understand why many people believe police departments are recruiting candidates with questionable intelligence and common sense. Protect and Serve is out the window. These cops assumed the subject’s guilt and treated him as a lowlife instead of a citizen with rights.

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  • Nate

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    Ok LEO here the officer was in the wrong 100% he should have been in control of the situation he should have used verbal commands like. “Sir do you mind coming over by me. Please keep your hands away from the rifle for yours and my safety.”

    It was just poor of the officer to go and start trying to pull the rifle off the guys chest! The officer should have explained more of why he was stopping him! If your a police officer use your mouth talk talk talk give commands everyone likes to know what’s going on and even more when they are having a police officer talking to them.

    Will say that the guy as he was in the right needed to shut up if he would have keep his mouth closed the officers would seen that he was not a problem and let him leave with the weapons most likely!

    Again how long did it take for the officer to explain why he was stopping the guy with the rifle? How long was it until the guy with the rifle told the officer what he was doing walking with a rifle!

    This backwater police officers make all cops look bad! Know that law! Talk to the person! Explain why you are there most reasonable people will respect you more for that and will not act up! Again talk tell the person what you want them to do and not do!

    Sorry the officer and Sgt should both been fired and had there law enforcement license revoked for this! As the Sgt should have taken the DVD and reviewed it if he would of reviewed it he would have seen all the mistakes his officer made on that call and all the ones he made also!

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  • Kipp Whitley

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    I see more such incidents in Texas with their edged weapon law changing.

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  • Tom

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    Agree that vet was out of line. Always cooperate with law enforcement. Argue in court. Moreover, carrying a rifle and handgun on a country road hike in broad daylight indicates Mr.Grisham has a big chip on his shoulder anyway…Does he think some jihadist is going to jump out of the bushes out there? Everyone I know who open carries has a chip on their shoulder and one day some punk is going to knock it off and people will die.

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  • Sal

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    Sorry I left my first comment after only seeing the video. Now I read the article and the comments. To the people who says you can’t argue the law on the side of the road. I say this. You pay all the lawyers fees and court cost and for time lost defending something that shouldn’t of happened. When our own police officers and government officials don’t follow the laws. Where does that leave us? Take the gun out of the equation. Then your left with stop and frisk. And how many states say that’s illegal? You can’t stop someone and ask them for I.D. If there doing nothing wrong. If someone called and said he was doing something wrong. Have them there. Then if you decided to file charges you will have a complaining witness. Then some lady said they should’ve asked the kid if he was alright. Wow. How would you like to be stopped by the police when your taking a walk with your kid and have them pulled aside and asked if there ok. That’s nuts. And if all of this is being done because he has a gun. That’s nuts. People need to start respecting our laws and constitution and applying them to all the Citizens. We don’t have to like what people say or do but we should respect it. as long as it’s not illegal.

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