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FBI investigating shooting at Congressman’s office

Posted on August 31st, 2011 No Comments

This past Tuesday, police received reports of gunshots outside of U.S. Representative Gene Green’s office in Houston.

Local authorities and the Federal Bureau of Investigations are looking into the shooting.  Officials are currently unsure if the shooting was a random weapons crime or a violent crime.

A spokesperson for the FBI said that they are currently unaware if any threats had been made to the Congressman.  In addition, the spokesperson revealed the investigators are looking at whether or not bullets also struck a nearby Lone Star College building.

No one was injured in the shooting.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a weapons crime, contact the Houston weapons charge defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. at 713-523-0404 to learn more about how we can help defend you.

6-year old brings gun to school, accidentally discharged

Posted on April 20th, 2011 No Comments

Yesterday, an accidental shooting occurred at Ross Elementary School in the Houston Independent School District.  The accident occurred after a 6-year old boy brought a loaded handgun to the school.  The weapon was discharged when it fell from the boy’s pocket in the school cafeteria.

A bullet grazed two other students, 5 and 6-years old, and the boy who brought the gun.  The students suffered leg wounds but were listed in stable condition at the hospital later that evening.

According to state laws, having a gun within a child’s reach is illegal.  The young boy will most likely not face criminal charges, but his parents or guardians will be investigated.

If you or someone you know has been accused of committing a weapons crime in Houston, contact the Houston weapons charge lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. at 713-523-0404 to set up an appointment to meet with experienced legal representation.

State could soon allow guns on college campuses

Posted on February 23rd, 2011 No Comments

A controversial measure of legislation may soon pass allowing guns to be carried on public college campuses in Texas.  The legislation would require a certification involving a criminal background check and $100 fee.  In addition, anyone carrying a concealed handgun would have to be at least 21-years of age.

Although the bill has not yet been voted on, more than half of the members of the Texas House of Representatives have signed on as coauthors.  Utah is currently the only state that allows concealed guns to be carried on all public property including public universities.

The bill’s creators argue that allowing concealed weapons on campuses is the best way to prevent a massacre like the one at Virginia Tech from occurring again.

If your or someone you know has been accused of violating weapons laws in Texas, contact the Houston weapons charge attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer P.C. at 713-523-0404 to discuss how to best defend yourself against a weapons charge.

Gun permits in Houston area connect to wealth and politics

Posted on October 5th, 2010 No Comments

According to research done by the Department of Public Safety and the Austin non-profit news organization The Texas Tribune, residents in low income neighborhoods are less likely to have a gun permit or own a gun.  The DPS does not specify a permit holder’s identification but publishes statistics on permits issued in Texas zip codes.

Using DPS data, Tribune found that the number of gun permits in an area correlates to the average income level in that area and how its residents vote.  For example, in Sugar Land last year, 12 out of every 1,000 residents were licensed to carry a concealed weapon.  Residents of Sugar Land were more likely to vote Republican and the median household income is $92,000.  In a downtown zip code of Houston, three of every 1,000 residents were licensed to carry  a weapon.  The zip code’s median household income was $25,000 and voters were more likely to vote Democrat.

If you or someone you know has been charged with violating a weapons law, contact the Houston weapons charge attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer P.C. at 713-523-0404 to learn more about your rights.