Army Master Sgt. C.J. Grisham, the decorated vet arrested last month after "rudely displaying" his rifle while on a hike with his 15-year-old son, was still without his firearms on Thursday. Police in Temple, Texas are holding onto his AR-15 (and .45.-cal. pistol) until his case is resolved, and as you know, the wildly popular rifles aren't cheap to replace.
But on Friday, Black Rain Ordnance, a Missouri firearms company, graciously offered to give Grisham his choice of any AR-15 rifle at a significantly discounted price -- free.
"When we heard about his situation, it was obvious that his rights were trampled on," Charlie Spires, the gun company's co-founder, told TheBlaze at the 2013 NRA Convention in Houston on Friday. "Then we hear that they basically confiscated his weapon and he can't get it back -- what can we do? That the was the next question we asked."
Spires said there were some suggestions of "throwing some t-shirts at him," but the company wanted to take it a step further. "Ultimately, if they've taken his rifle and we are a firearms manufacturer, why not give a rifle to him?"
"I've got goosebumps just thinking about it," Grisham told TheBlaze after learning he would be getting a free rifle. "It's completely unnecessary… I don't even have words for it."
By the way, here's what someone who just learned he's getting a free AR-15 looks like:
Spires confirmed that the Army vet can "flip through the catalog and pick whichever AR-15 he wants. So, Grisham made his way down to the company's vendor booth on the convention floor and went shopping:
But ultimately, Grisham, who is certain he will get his firearms back and win his case, was leaning towards getting a "pink splash" AR-15 for his wife.
Grisham told TheBlaze that his case is awaiting a May 15 hearing, where his legal team will submit a motion for evidence. If the motion is successful, police will be forced to release dash cam footage from the arresting officer's police cruiser. Grisham said the footage will verify everything he has revealed about the incident.
For all the details -- and video -- surrounding Grisham's detainment and arrest, read TheBlaze's previous report here.
Apparently not satisfied with just one random act of kindness, Black Rain Ordnance also offered a free AR-15 to Glenn Beck for covering Grisham's story so closely and standing up for America's gun rights.
So, Beck made his way to the NRA Convention floor and picked out his own rifle:
You can get your own AR-15 from Black Rain Ordnance here -- you just will have to pay for it.
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