A store owner charged with disorderly conduct for carrying an AR-15 through a mall has turned himself into police. Derek Poe, who owns Golden Triangle Tactical, insists he never broke the law and was just exercising his second amendment rights.
Yet he was charged after police say he carried his AR-15 on his back through the mall on December 28.
Poe turned himself in to the Beaumont Police Department. He was released after posting $2,500 bond. Poe faces up to 180 days in jail and up to a $1,000 fine for disorderly conduct.
Poe says he was just exercising his right to open carry a long rifle.
Poe disagrees saying his rifle was facing barrel down on his back and his hands weren’t even on the gun
“It was clearly obvious I didn’t have criminal intent. I had a drink in one hand and a bag in the other. I didn’t commit a crime. I legally carried a long arm in Texas,” Poe said.
Witnesses gave statements that they were “terrified” and “thought they were going to die.”
An Open Carry Freedom Walk is scheduled for Jan. 18 in the Gander Mountain parking lot. The event was planned before Poe was stopped in the mall with his firearm.