Texas gun dealer refuses “Socialist-liberals” concealed carry lessons

A central Texas gun dealer ran radio ads advising “Socialist” liberals, those who voted for President Barack Obama, Arabs and Muslims that they need not apply for his concealed gun license class.

Crockett Keller, who owns Keller’s Riverside Store, ran the ads on the radio station in his rural hometown of Mason, Texas, which is 120 miles west of the state capital of Austin.

“If you are a Socialist liberal and/or voted for the current campaigner in chief, please do not take this class,” Keller said in the ad. “You have already proven that you cannot make a knowledgeable and prudent decision as required under the law.”

“Also, if you are a non-Christian Arab, or Muslim, I will not teach you the class,” Keller said in the radio ad.

Keller said he is simply exercising his freedom to teach concealed handgun license classes to whomever he wants. He said he has received “hundreds” of calls from Americans who support his stance.

“I should have had the class next week instead of this week, I could have had 500 people in it,” Keller said on Friday.

He said he was not joking when he put the lines about socialists in his commercial, because he knows some socialist liberals and did not want them to enroll in the class.

“I didn’t want them to show up and have to tell them no,” he said.

The Texas Department of Public Safety, which oversees the concealed carry program, and licenses instructors, said in a statement that “certified instructors are required to comply with all applicable state and federal statutes, and conduct by an instructor that denied service to individuals on the basis of race, ethnicity, or religion would place that instructor’s certification at risk.”

The department said it had begun an investigation into the matter, and would “take appropriate administrative action based on the findings of from the investigation.”

Adults in Texas are allowed to carry concealed weapons if they have completed a class such as the one Keller teaches.

Keller wrapped up his radio by saying: “With no shame, I’m Crockett Keller. Thank you, and may God bless.”

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9 Responses to Texas gun dealer refuses “Socialist-liberals” concealed carry lessons

  1. the neighbor

    November 1, 2011 at 8:21 am

    I’m convinced they’re crazy in Texas, all of them. Well, maybe not all of them but this clown embodies at the least his neighbors and friends. We should let them secede from the union. These people are embarrassing.

  2. Lee g.

    November 1, 2011 at 10:13 am

    I hate those Texas hypocrites. Good read.

  3. Teeluck

    November 1, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Thom Hartman interviewed him yesterday, he said it was a tongue in cheek stab against his lib friends.

  4. Collin Hinds

    November 1, 2011 at 11:00 am

    I like pieces like this that don’t require commentary. Just the facts are enough.

  5. bsranch

    November 1, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Let’s leave Texas out of this, I can give you examples of this warped thinking in most any other state. We are just bigger and so we have more examples

    • The Lawyer

      November 1, 2011 at 2:03 pm

      That is very true. I have lots of friends in Texas–way too big a state to generalize about.

    • Michael John Scott

      November 1, 2011 at 2:49 pm

      Agreed. I attended Vietnamese Language School during what seems like the Jurassic Age and I had one of the best times ever. I made a lot of good friends and found the people to be some of the best. I still have a close friend who lives in Lubbock. He says it’s just the politicians in Texas who are nutty ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Michael John Scott

    November 1, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    I don’t know if that’s his actual picture but I suspect it could be ๐Ÿ™‚