Originally Posted by A.Nonymous
I have never heard of someone being charged with having burglary tools for having a crowbar in their car. I actually have one in mine. No good reason for it TBH I just bought it for a project, took it where I needed for my project and never took it out once I was done. I honestly can't think of a single legit reason for it to be in my car. I spent 6 years around a 911 center and not once in my life did I ever see a car accident where a life could've been saved if someone had showed up with a crowbar so that's a highly, highly improbably scenario. Still it harms nothing so I carry it around 'cuz I'm too lazy to move it someplace else.
The cop telling you you can't have a flashlight is an idiot. If you had a baseball bat sitting on your passenger seat would that be illegal? Of course not. And a baseball is designed specifically to club things. That is it's purpose in life. Having a club is not illegal. Clubbing people with said club is. I'd like to see what law says you can't have a club in your car 'cuz I can club someone with anything I've got in my car. I wear suits. I have neck ties in my car. I could garrotte someone with one of them. There are no laws against such things and the officer who told you so was an idiot.
I'm still looking for an argument on how registration of guns is discriminatory at all. The presumption of innocence only applies to those who have been legally accused of crimes. No one has done that here.
Well now you have heard of it... I was charged with misdemeanor "carrying a dangerous weapon" for walking down the sidewalk with a lugwrench hanging through my beltloop at night. A woman had pulled over with a flat tire on evening and I walked home to get the lugwrench (she had a jack but no wrench to remove the lugs). I walked back, changed her tire and she drove away. As I was walking back home, a cop charged me up and took me to jail because there were no witnesses to the event and he said carrying the lugwrench in that manner was illegal.
And FYI... carrying things like bolt cutters and crowbars in your car if you cant prove that your profession necessitates such things is grounds for being charged with carrying burglary tools... at least in Texas.