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Soldier to appeal conviction in gun rights trial

Dec. 20, 2013 - 08:47AM   |  
Army Master Sgt. C.J. Grisham speaks during the 'Come and Take It' rally, hosted by the Sons of Liberty Texas group, on Sept. 21 in downtown Nacogdoches, Texas
Army Master Sgt. C.J. Grisham speaks during the 'Come and Take It' rally, hosted by the Sons of Liberty Texas group, on Sept. 21 in downtown Nacogdoches, Texas (Andrew D. Brosig/The Daily Sentinel via AP)
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BELTON, TEXAS — The soldier convicted of a misdemeanor in a case argued by gun-rights advocates isn’t giving up his court fight.

The Temple Daily Telegram reports that the attorney for U.S. Army Master Sgt. Christopher Grisham has filed a notice of his intent to appeal Grisham’s November conviction for interfering with the duties of a public servant.

A Temple police officer arrested Grisham while he and his son were hiking for a Boy Scout merit badge. Grisham was carrying an AR-15 rifle and a concealed handgun, both legally. The officer arrested Grisham after trying to take the weapons because he feared for his safety.

A jury gave Grisham a fine, but no jail time.

Grisham’s attorney, Blue Rannefeld, says in his motion that prosecutors’ claims were not supported by the evidence.

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