Local ABC News Reporter Files False Complaint Against Gun Store Employee

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In case you haven’t heard, gun stores in California have been pretty busy lately. Operations like Wild Bill’s Old West Trading Company in Elk Grove California have seen massive spikes in sales since passage of California’s ‘gunpocalypse’ laws. Following a few interviews gone wrong from reporters, Wild Bill’s placed a large 72 point font sign on its front door stating media members are not allowed in the store. If they enter the store, they’re asked to leave.

One ABC 10 Sacramento reporter, however, apparently failed basic reading comprehension. Reporter Bianca Graulau was undeterred by the posted sign, entered the store and was politely asked to leave. She then waited in the parking lot — which is private property — to continue harassing customers as they entered or left the store. A store employee followed her out to make sure she left the property.

The employee, however, was carrying a gun. As with good manners, Graulau was evidently ignorant of what is or is not legal on private property. The law is very clear in this regard.

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An hour or two after Ms. Graulau was asked to leave, a store employee was notified by Elk Grove police that a complaint had been filed against him by the reporter. Apparently she had stated that he was brandishing his firearm and she felt threatened.

Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t know a single gun store in this country where the employees don’t open carry a firearm. Furthermore, as we all know full well, his firearm was never un-holstered during the entire time she was there. Apparently asking her to leave while open carrying a handgun constitutes brandishing.

Of course no charges will be filled against the employee, but the entire process tied up a number of officers for a few hours while they chased down a false report. It’s all part of the Mad Moms’ tactic of shaming firearms owners at every opportunity.

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  1. avatar tjlarson2k says:

    False reports (particularly those that are obviously harassment and ignorance of the law or reality isn’t an excuse) should result in a hefty fine or a night in jail.

    1. avatar Greg says:

      In a sane jurisdiction she’d be charged and arrested. But, this is Sacramento – epicenter of a state which is in the process of devouring itself. She’ll probably get a raise and promotion for her unethical and illegal behavior.

      1. avatar Mk10108 says:

        Nope…Sac County has a pro gun Sheriff. He clears 1500 CCW’s annually and most likely the most sane civil servant in the County.

        Wild Bills is 5 miles from my house and have purchased arms there. Last folks you want to mess with.

        1. avatar FedUp says:

          What’s your take on the Elk Grove PD?

    2. avatar IdahoPete says:

      Could the gun store employee file a libel/slander lawsuit against the infodweeb?

  2. avatar IYearnforanARinCali says:

    CA Penal Code 148.5 Filling a flase report

    As distastful as it may seem, this needs to be followed up to the fullest extent of the law so media butt heads like this learn to stop harassing people. This type of harassament is the new socially acceptable method of discrimination in America. The left gets to paint all gun owners as white, racist, xenophobic, sexists who fetishise our guns because of having small “hands”. I live in the same cage as Democrats and I hear this stuff EVERY day.

    p.s. she is hot, crazy obviously but very attractive, but she needs to spend some time in ye olde drunk tank for this stunt

    1. avatar peirsonb says:

      Too often there seems to be a correlation between hot and crazy.

        1. avatar Rusty Chains says:

          Clearly hot and crazy and she sure as hell is no unicorn!

        2. avatar Owen says:

          I believe she would be in the “no go zone”. Names like Tiffany, Bianca, red heads…..

      1. avatar ropingdown says:

        You’re complaining?

    2. We all know SJW’s get a free pass on this stuff.

      1. avatar JR_in_NC says:

        Not anymore, Dan.

        There have been a number of cases in just the last year where they’ve gotten what they earned…arrest.

        There was one Professor, in AZ I think it was, that attacked an officer at a ‘rally’ of some kind. She was high on life during the event, but was meek in the courtroom.

        Also, check out the Ghomeshi story out of Canada…worth a look.

        Their unchecked reign is over. The war ain’t over yet, but their unchecked control of everything is. The pushback has begun in earnest (and was sparked, if you can believe it, by GamerGate).

      2. avatar Desert Ranger says:

        The threat of a civil lawsuit for defamation of character and slander should be used liberally in this case and everyone like it.

        1. avatar Geoff PR says:

          Threat of a civil suit?

          Fvck that noise!

          Filing a false police report is *criminal* territory.

          Impress on her the reality of what life is like finding a job with a criminal record. Especially since it will probably be a media job.

          Offer her a deal. She takes a firearm training class at that gunstore with her camera crew recording it, just like any other story. When it airs, not *if* it airs, but *when* it airs, the store drops the criminal complaint.

          She gets no criminal record, and the store gets a nice plug.

          Sounds like an equitable trade to me…

        2. avatar Gerri says:

          What a joy to find such clear thiinnkg. Thanks for posting!

        3. It’s not so much of a budget as it is knowledge that I shouldn’t spend all my money in one place. I don’t plan on changing my spending habits. The difference is that now I don’t have to write down where I’m spending my money.

    3. avatar anonymoose says:

      She ain’t that hot. I certainly wouldn’t chat her up.

  3. avatar Anonymous says:

    It’s ok if a reporter doesn’t follow the request of store owner by means of a sign? Does that mean it is “OK” for a gun owner to carry a firearm in a store when that store hasn’t followed the legal requirements of the 30.06. law? That’s right.

    1. avatar Cliff H says:

      Wrong. The 30.06 and 30.07 signs carry the force (minimal) of law in and of themselves. Violating the signs is the crime. In most other jurisdictions violating the signs is not a crime but failing to leave if requested is trespassing, which is a crime.

      1. avatar Mark N. says:

        She wasn’t carrying a firearm, so 30.06 doesn’t apply any way, and besides, California does not have a similar statute. But she was trespassing after she was asked to leave, gun or no gun. No shoes, no shirt, no service. Well..maybe if she didn’t have a shirt it would have been different….

        1. avatar adverse4 says:

          Ain’t that the truth?

    2. avatar Matt in Oklahoma says:

      30.06 This isn’t in Texas

      1. avatar anonymoose says:

        Nonsense, you fool! All of America is Texas, and 30.06 and 30.07 applies to every state, even those with constitutional open and/or concealed carry, those where all carry is b& outright, and those where “no guns allowed” signs carry absolutely no legal force!

  4. avatar Mark N. says:

    It would not have been my handgun I was brandishing. (No, not really, but many of us are thinking it, so it had to be said.)

    1. avatar anonymoose says:

      Yeah, I agree. I would have been holding a 590 when I told her to gtfo.

  5. Anyone who doesn’t know that the media will LIE to get their way and the story they want to tell, is a fool. The only thing about this report that is a surprise is that the police didn’t arrest the employee.

    1. avatar JR_in_NC says:

      http://voxday.blogspot.com/2016/06/dont-talk-to-media.html

      This is an important blog post for two reasons.

      (1) Use caution if being interviewed by the press

      and

      (2) Knowing that that is how they operate, why believe anything as a reader/viewer?

      1. avatar jasetaro says:

        And if do have to talk to the media bring your own recording device and record everything.

        1. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

          THIS.

          Do not talk to the media without recording (video or audio) the interview ON YOUR OWN DEVICE.

  6. avatar FormerWaterWalker says:

    But she’s purdy…she probably thinks bein’ attractive gives her a pass.

    1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      … and she would be right. In the media word, being attractive opens doors, forgives sins and increases paychecks. It’s the perfect occupation for someone whose attractiveness exceeds their intellect.

      1. avatar The Original JohnO says:

        It’s not whom you know, it’s whom you….

        1. avatar Desert Ranger says:

          ….know biblically? 😉

      2. avatar Southern Cross says:

        There’s an old joke that BEAUTY X BRAINS = CONSTANT. But for some the constant can vary.

  7. avatar Andrew Lias says:

    Criminal trespass complaints and a formal letter from a lawyer indicating how welcome their news media people are would likely be a good thing.

    1. avatar David says:

      I like the idea of a trespassing charge. However, offer her a way out: She takes a NRA basic pistol class and then the Massad Ayoob MAG-20/Classroom portion. This may not make her pro-gun but may lead to some positive press down the road if its structured correctly.

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        That’s actually not a bad idea.

        Offer her to drop the criminal charge of a false report in exchange for her taking a basic gun safety course, and put that story on the air, just like any other ‘news’ story she does.

        If it doesn’t air, no deal.

        I kinda like that idea, actually… 🙂

      2. avatar John L. says:

        I don’t like it.

        If the judge in the case ordered that as the punishment, maybe. But otherwise it could all too easily just make another Kuntzman.

        1. avatar JR_in_NC says:

          I am willing to assume that lady has twice the balls of Kuntzman. After all she ‘challenged’ armed men in their own AO.

          Besides, make ‘approval’ of the final piece before airing part of tge deal, and make their own, independent video as insurance.

          Be sure to capture any smiles and positive comments, etc.

        2. avatar Wiregrass says:

          Reserve editorial oversight and approval, otherwise charges stand.

  8. avatar Jim says:

    I don’t know fellas. Let’s cut ‘er some slack. She’s real cute.

    1. avatar peirsonb says:

      Famous last words…

  9. avatar Coffee Addict says:

    I watched it go down live on Book of Face from my friend David’s phone. I died when he set off his car alarm..

  10. avatar Winterborne says:

    She is cute as a box of kittens. But apparently as dumb as a barrel of hair. Sigh.

  11. avatar Ralph says:

    Whaddaya expect? She’s a “journalist.” Making sh!t up is what they do for a living. I guess she learned from the best, like Dan Rather and Brian Williams.

  12. avatar Ragnarredbeard says:

    Counter charge her for trespassing. She didn’t leave the premises quickly when told to leave.

  13. avatar barnbwt says:

    “Shaming” does not equal “calling dudes with guns to make trouble for someone under false pretenses”

    …just in case you don’t know the difference 😉

  14. avatar strych9 says:

    I’m a big fan of the Constitution but given the fact that California and the 9th Circuit regularly spit on the Constitution I have an idea.

    Clearly, this woman, given that she lives behind enemy lines has no protections against “unusual” punishments.

    Therefore I propose the following punishment given the fact that she is hot. She shall perform not less than 20 hardcore pornographic scenes consisting of not less than five with the guy she has filed a false report on, not less than five with Ron Jeremy, not less than five finishing with a facial and less that five containing an anal scene. No less than three facial scenes will be performed with the employee and during the “money shot” she must beg for his “gun to shoot”. No less than two anal scenes shall be performed with with the employee she has wronged and no less shall be performed with Ron Jeremy. (She gets one freebie on that). All scenes shall be professionally filmed in HD and released on the internet so that the public is fully assured that she has paid her debt.

    1. avatar Robert says:

      That kind of comment does exactly nothing to help further our cause or show that we aren’t all crazy assholes. Good job.

      1. avatar strych9 says:

        Am I supposed to care? Grabbers don’t care. The 9th C doesn’t care. The government in California doesn’t care. They’ve pissed on the Constitution… so why should I care?

        That’s the danger of throwing aside the Constitution. Perhaps if the people who do so were forced to deal with the actual consequences of doing so they would stop doing so. So yeah, if those who piss on the Constitution and allow it to happen find out the HARD WAY what happens when they do so… well maybe they’ll have a new appreciation for their “rights”.

        Maybe if this chick got seriously abused by the legal system people LIKE her would understand that such a thing is unacceptable.

        Sorry, you fight fire with fire and you make examples of people using the rules the opposition champions.

        You can hide behind morals and bullshit all you want. That’s how you end up like Obama.

        Are you like Obama?

        1. avatar DaveL says:

          Because forcing women into hardcore porn as punishment for a misdemeanor is totally like Obama?

        2. avatar peirsonb says:

    2. avatar Matt in Oklahoma says:

      Seriously!?! What are you 16 with no real answers to issues? This is going to convince someone to see things our way? I use our as in me and the other cause no one else is on your train of sickness.

  15. avatar Marcus (Aurelius) Payne says:

    Any charges against the reporter?

  16. avatar formerwaterwalker says:

    Hmmm…just a tiny bit of digging reveals this hot chick is Puerto Rican and previously worked for Univision…bueno Ms. Graulau! Probably feels entitled.

  17. avatar JohnS says:

    Some clarity:

    CA does not have a ‘brandishing’ law, by that name. It’s Penal Code 417,
    “417.

    (a) (1) Every person who, except in self-defense, in the presence of any other person, draws or exhibits any deadly weapon whatsoever, other than a firearm, in a rude, angry, or threatening manner, or who in any manner, unlawfully uses a deadly weapon other than a firearm in any fight or quarrel is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for not less than 30 days.

    (2) Every person who, except in self-defense, in the presence of any other person, draws or exhibits any firearm, whether loaded or unloaded, in a rude, angry, or threatening manner, or who in any manner, unlawfully uses a firearm in any fight or quarrel is punishable as follows: … ‘

    I see no suggestion the employee was acting “in a rude, angry, or threatening manner”.

    However.

    ‘Private property’, regarding guns, is Different Here.

    INSIDE the shop, the employee could be armed.

    Unless the employee has CCW – and in Sacramento, that is not unlikely – s/he could not legally leave the shop armed. ‘Private property’ which is ‘accessible to the public’ is IN PUBLIC for purposes of carrying firearms. The on-point court case is People vs Overturf, (1976) 64 Cal.App.3d Supp. 1 .

    See also https://web.archive.org/web/20151028144039/http://wiki.calgunsfoundation.org/Unlicensed_Concealed_Carry#People_v._Overturf

    1. avatar Mark N. says:

      Unfortunately, People v. Overturf has never been challenged, likely because it was not worth it, and sadly there have never been any subsequent published cases addressing the same issue. The defendant was charged with and convicted of a misdemeanor for carrying a concealed weapon in “public” (which it so happened was his driveway), which means that his appeal was to the appellate department of the Superior Court, not the Court of Appeal. As such, it is merely persuasive and not binding on other trial courts.

      Legally speaking, the decision is indefensible. It basically says that if you have an unfenced yard or property, it is suddenly public property, and gun carry laws apply there. Taken to its logical conclusion, it means that since the driveway etc is public property, you can’t have someone towed who parks there. Or evict someone who camps out in you unfenced front yard. Something tells me that that wouldn’t fly.

  18. avatar Ian says:

    Let her know how you feel about filing a false police report

    https://www.facebook.com/BiancaGraulau/

  19. avatar CCDWGuy says:

    My gun range/store’s employee’s carry but all are concealed. They don’t want people to be concerned about coming in the store and seeing employees open carrying and I think it’s good for people who are not familiar with guns and is much more inviting for new shooters. So your comment about you don’t know of a gun store in the country that does not open carry for employees is not accurate. AI know of at least one and my guess is there are others.

    1. avatar formerwaterwalker says:

      True ‘DAT…no employee open carry at Cabelas Hammond, IN. And Indiana is good to go with open carry. Conversely I see open carry at Chucks Gun Shop in Riverdale, Illinois (where open carry is verboten-and it’s a horrible dangerous ‘hood…

  20. avatar gs650g says:

    Bianca should consider a different line of work in front of the camera.

  21. avatar TruthTellers says:

    According to FBI Director Comey, because she didn’t intend to break the law, she should not be charged.

  22. avatar Dave says:

    Of course, reporters would never lie to us, right? Does Katie Couric ring a bell?

  23. avatar Pg2 says:

    Reporters are literally mouthpieces for the state/TPTB. When was the last time a reporter actually investigated and reported anything contrary to the states agenda?

  24. avatar Alfonso A. Rodriguez says:

    If she were wearing a mini skirt without underwear, would that constitute an sexual harassment, an intent to sell sex or warrant an arrest for lascivious behavior in public? This woman is obviously out to make a name for herself by breaking the ethics of her profession. She should be cited for harassment and submitting a false complaint.

  25. avatar Spartan says:

    LOL – you used the word ethics in regards to a reporter. That’s funny right there.

  26. avatar Miah says:

    Come to Nexus Shooting Range in Davie Florida, where i work. The managers are the only ones allowed to open carry and they refuse to listen to any discussion pertaining to other employees carrying, even the RSO’s. They deem it to intimidating..

  27. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

    Another leftist propagandist masquerading as a journalist. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, educated in New York, and making her career in California. Poor girl never had a chance.

    Who knows? Maybe one day she’ll suddenly see the light, realize the error of her ways, quit being a cog in the socialist machine and start doing some decent work?

  28. avatar Kelly says:

    Let’s do what the left does so well and contact advertisers to the local news programming on KXTV and tell them what we think of their sponsorship. Perhaps they could do something else with their advertising dollars. Also, KXTV is not owned by ABC or its parent Disney. It is owned by Tegna Media, which was spun off from Gannet last year.

  29. avatar David Powell says:

    Im the employee and no charges have been filed against me besides a stupid police report that “went missing.” Lol Anyways, we CAN open carry on our property and do EVERY day with no issues, until some stupid reporter comes along to “make up a story” and endanger lives.

  30. avatar Gunr says:

    Why would anyone feel intimidated with employees open carrying in a gun store. I can draw my weapon faster from an open holster, rather than from under my shirt, in a concealed holster.
    With maybe several hundred guns all over the place, it just seems natural to have a bang stick hanging from your belt.
    Oh yes, about the reporter, Yeah she’s hot, Stupid maybe, but still hot!

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