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CRPA Statement On Minnesota Shooting

July 7, 2016

Fullerton, CA – California Rifle & Pistol Association is calling for an independent investigation into the shooting of concealed carry permit holder, Philando Castile.

Wednesday night’s shooting prompted our members to place multiple, alarmed, inquiries that clogged phone lines at CRPA headquarters. Chuck Michel, CRPA President went on the record to respond to concerned callers that, “While all the facts have not been uncovered it is very possible that Mr. Castile, who is licensed to carry, did nothing wrong. He may have been reaching for his driver’s license or identification card to show the officer that he was lawfully allowed to carry.”

“While tensions are high and many other issues are at play, CRPA is fully dedicated to preserving an individual’s right to defend themselves legally by obtaining a concealed carry permit,” Michel stated. He continued, “In addition to an individual’s right to self-defense, CRPA also fully stands behind our law enforcement and is aware of the dangers they face every day.”

CRPA’s request for an independent investigation by a separate agency, will ensure that the facts surrounding the officer involved shooting will provide an unbiased analysis and provide insight into what led to the death of Mr. Castile.

The California Rifle & Pistol Association, founded in 1875, is a nonprofit 501 (c)(4) membership and donor supported organization. CRPA employs staff in Fullerton and Sacramento, works with hundreds of volunteers across the state, and is controlled by an independent Board of Directors.

Fullerton, CA – California Rifle & Pistol Association is calling for an independent investigation into the shooting of concealed carry permit holder, Philando Castile.

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