Hot, Hit Cop Tip – Gun Control

This weeks Hot, Hit Cop Tip – Gun Control.

That’s right the issue this week has to do with Gun Control… Okay, well not exactly as many of you are probably thinking right now. To our friends at OCT, calm down I think you’ll actually appreciate the purpose of this weeks tip, as it’s more about trash control than gun control!

The City of Aransas Pass has grappled with recreational use of firearms inside the city limits, specifically on the flatlands located east of the Dale Miller Bridge. Most all of those flatland areas are inside Aransas Pass City Limits. The issues experienced stem from the debris folks leave behind (like toilets and TV’s). After shooting up those items, they leave the debris along with their shell casings behind for someone else to pick up. If not for the good graces of one volunteer, primarily, many of those items would still be out there today.

In general, the gun control we’re talking about pertains to discharging a firearm or BB/pellet gun inside city limits.

Not unlike most other cities, it’s unlawful to discharge a firearm inside the city limits. If caught, there are two methods of enforcement available to officers:

  1. Arrest for displaying or discharging a firearm in a public place (class B misdemeanor)
  2. Citation for discharging a firearm in a public place (class C misdemeanor)
    • We weren’t happy with having one stringent option available to us for enforcement. Upon further review, we discovered that our Code needed to be updated, as very few of the shooters actually caught deserved to go to jail. This now means that true recreational shooters may be cited and instructed to move along so long as littering or another offense isn’t afoot. Though it’s not updated on municode.com yet, you can view the city ordinance here.

FAQ:

Well not exactly have we only found a “few” pieces of trash being left behind. In fact, Robert Raye with Harbor Island Preservation has provided us with a detailed report of everything he’s cleaned up in some of our most troubled flatland areas since August 26, 2005. Granted, some may just be shooting up debris that had been previously illegally dumped. However, would you volunteering your personal time to clean up other people’s trash prefer to pick up another’s intact dirty toilet or pick up the numerous pieces left behind after a recreational shooter comes along and blows it apart?

As for that list, here you go:

Harbor Island Preservation Consolidated Report
August 26, 2005 – August 11, 2014
POC: Founder, Harbor Island Preservation, Robert Raye
Total Volunteer Hours: 3230.5
Expenditures: $9,973.04 / Monetary Donations: $482.00

  • 1 – Air Compressor, Electric Pancake Style
  • 1 – Air Compressor, Mini 12V Electric
  • 1 – Air Conditioner Blower Cage
  • 2 – Air Conditioning Unit
  • 4 – Air Mattress
  • 2 – Anchor
  • 3 – Angle Iron
  • 1 – Animal Cage
  • 1 – Antenna Dish
  • 1 – Antifreeze (Gallon)
  • 1 – Ammo Box, Large Military Style Metal
  • 1 – Answering Machine
  • 1 – Antenna
  • 1 – Armoire
  • 10 – ATV Battery
  • 1 – ATV Body
  • 1 – ATV Fender
  • 1 – ATV Muffler
  • 3 – ATV Seat
  • 1 – ATV Tire
  • 1 – Automobile AC Compressor
  • 5 – Automobile Air Dam
  • 1 – Automobile Alternator
  • 10 – Automobile Battery (Auto/Marine)
  • 1 – Automobile Battery Case
  • 1 – Automobile Brake Rotor
  • 2 – Automobile Brake Shoe
  • 1 – Automobile Brush Guard
  • 3 – Automobile Bumper
  • 1 – Automobile Bumper Guard
  • 1 – Automobile Bumper Impact Molding
  • 2 – Automobile Bumper Trim
  • 1 – Automobile Bumper Quarter Panel
  • 1 – Automobile Catalytic Converter
  • 1 – Automobile Clutch Housing
  • 1 – Automobile Differential Cover
  • 1 – Automobile Distributor
  • 1 – Automobile Door
  • 1 – Automobile Door Glass
  • 3 – Automobile Engine Oil Pan
  • 1 – Automobile Fan Clutch
  • 1 – Automobile Fascia
  • 10 – Automobile Floor Mat
  • 5 – Automobile Gasoline Tank
  • 2 – Automobile Grille
  • 40 – Automobile Hubcap
  • 2 – Automobile Interior Door Panel
  • 7 – Automobile Jack
  • 3 – Automobile Leaf Spring
  • 3 – Automobile Muffler
  • 1 – Automobile Oil Drain Pan
  • 2 – Automobile Pickup Bed Liner
  • 1 – Automobile Pickup Canopy 8′ Wood
  • 2 – Automobile Pickup Door-Mounted Rear View Mirrors
  • 1 – Automobile Pickup Mat
  • 1 – Automobile Pickup Nerf Bar
  • 2 – Automobile Pickup Tailgate
  • 2 – Automobile Power Steering Pump
  • 1 – Automobile Radiator
  • 2 – Automobile Radiator Hose
  • 1 – Automobile Radiator Shroud
  • 8 – Automobile Rim
  • 1 – Automobile Roof Rack
  • 1 – Automobile Rotor
  • 3 – Automobile Seat
  • 2 – Automobile Shock Absorber
  • 1 – Automobile Spare Tire & Rim
  • 1 – Automobile Spare Tire Hanger
  • 1 – Automobile Starter
  • 1 – Automobile Steering Column
  • 2 – Automobile Suspension Components
  • 1 – Automobile Pickup Bed Rack, Metal
  • 1 – Automobile Pickup Tailgate Trim
  • 1 – Automobile Tailpipe
  • 407 – Automobile Tire
  • 1 – Automobile Torque Converter
  • 3 – Automobile Trim
  • 6 – Automobile Trim Ring
  • 1 – Automobile Truck Rim
  • 2 – Automobile Vent Duct
  • 1 – Automobile Water Pump
  • 1 – Awning, RV
  • 1 – Baby Crib
  • 1 – Baby Crib Side
  • 1 – Baby Walker
  • 1 – Backpack
  • 6 – Bait Bucket
  • 2 – Bait Net
  • 95 Ft – Barbed Wire
  • 1 – Barrel, Plastic 20-Gallon
  • 1 – Barrel, Metal 25-Gallon
  • 2 – Barrel, Plastic 40-Gallon
  • 1 – Barrel, Plastic 50-Gallon
  • 1 – Barrel, Plastic 55-Gallon
  • 1 – Barrel Seal, Rubber
  • 4 – Baseball Bat
  • 1 – Basketball Hoop & Backboard
  • 1 – Bathtub, Cast Iron
  • 1 – Battery Box Cover
  • 1 – Battery Charger
  • 40 – BBQ
  • 7 – Beach Umbrella
  • 1 – Beach Umbrella Stand
  • 4 – Bed Box Spring
  • 3 – Bed Frame
  • 1 – Bed Roll
  • 2 – Bedspread
  • 1 – Belly Board
  • 1 – Bicycle
  • 2 – Bicycle Frame
  • 3 – Bicycle Tire
  • 1 – Bicycle Wheel
  • 43 – Bin, Plastic
  • 8 – Bin Lid
  • 1 – Blanket
  • 1 – Boat, Quicksilver Inflatable
  • 1 – Boat Cover
  • 1 – Boat Flotation Cushion
  • 1 – Boat Gasoline Tank
  • 15 – Boat Hull (Sections)
  • 1 – Boat, Inflatable
  • 5 – Boat Seat
  • 1 – Boat Stow Hatch Lid
  • 2 – Boat Trailer Bunks
  • 1 – Boat Trailer Inner Fender Wall
  • 14 – Boogie Board
  • 1 – Boat Cushion
  • 1 – Box Spring
  • 1 – Bracket, Metal
  • 28 – Brick
  • 5 – Broom
  • 3 – Bucket, 1-Gallon Plastic
  • 10 – Bucket, 2-Gallon Plastic
  • 1 – Bucket, 2.5-Gallon Plastic
  • 7 – Bucket, 3-Gallon Plastic
  • 2 – Buckets, 5-Gallon Metal
  • 95 – Bucket, 5-Gallon Plastic
  • 13 – Bucket, 10-Gallon Plastic
  • 1 – Bug Light
  • 4 – Bulb, 48″ Florescent
  • 1 – Buoy, USCG
  • 25 Ft – Cable, Copper Core
  • 1 – Cable Cutter
  • 100 Ft – Cable, Metal
  • 1 – Cable Routing Box
  • 352 Cu Ft – Cable Sheathing
  • 1 – Cable Spool
  • 1 – Camping Lantern
  • 1 – Can, 5-Gallon Metal
  • 92 – Carpet
  • 59 – Carpet Padding
  • 1 – Cart Chassis With Wheels
  • 2 – Cassette Player
  • 1 – Cassette Receiver
  • 1 – CD Player, Portable
  • 70 Cu Ft – Cement
  • 4 – Cement, Bag
  • 3 – Chain
  • 1 – Chair Back, Padded
  • 2 – Chair, Desk
  • 4 – Chair, Dinette
  • 15 – Chair, Metal Folding
  • 1 – Chair, Office
  • 105 – Chair, Outdoor Camping
  • 16 – Chair, Outdoor Folding
  • 15 – Chair, Outdoor Plastic
  • 10 – Chaise Lounge
  • 1 – Channel Marker

  • 1 – Chest Freezer
  • 7 – Chicken Wire Roll
  • 3 – Child’s Blow-Up Toys
  • 2 – Child’s Large Electrically Propelled Four-Wheeler
  • 7 – Child’s Toy Large Plastic
  • 1 – Child’s Toy Stroller
  • 6 – Christmas Tree
  • 2 – Christmas Tree, Artificial
  • 24 – Cinder Block
  • 2 – Closet Door
  • 2 – Clothes Basket, Plastic
  • 1 – Clothes Dryer Lint Screen
  • 3 – Coffee Maker
  • 3 – Comforter
  • 1 – Computer CPU
  • 5 – Computer Monitor
  • 1 – Computer Printer
  • 27 Cu Ft – Concrete
  • 7 – Container, 5-Gallon Plastic
  • 1 – Container, 10-Gallon Plastic
  • 98 – Cooler
  • 1 – Cooler, Electric
  • 98 – Cooler Top
  • 1 – Corrugated Metal Sheet
  • 2 – Cot
  • 1 – Couch, Fainting
  • 2 – Couch, Sleeper
  • 1 – Couch, Three-Cushion
  • 1 – Coyote Carcass
  • 1 – CPU
  • 1 – Crane Pulley 6″ w/Eye
  • 6 – Crab Net
  • 7 – Crab Trap
  • 2 – Crates, Plastic
  • 4 – Curtain Rod
  • 1 – Cushion
  • 1 – Dart Board
  • 1 – Decoy
  • 1 – Desk, Wooden
  • 1 – Dinghy, Wooden
  • 1 – Dish Drying Rack, Household
  • 1 – Doormat
  • 2 – Dresser
  • 1 – Drum, 55-Gallon Metal
  • 1 – Drum, 55-Gallon Plastic
  • 1 – Drum Top, 55-Gallon Metal
  • 4 – Duffel Bag
  • 1 – Dumbbell
  • 1 – DVD/VHS Player, Home System Component
  • 40 Ft – Edging, Plastic
  • 1 – Electric Breaker Box
  • 3 – Electric Cart Roof
  • 1 – Extension Cord (50′)
  • 4 – Fan
  • 5 – Feline Carcass
  • 45 Ft – Fence, Cyclone
  • 20 – Fence Post, Metal
  • 1 – Fertilizer Spreader
  • 1 – Fertilizer Spreader, Hand-held
  • 1 – Figurine, Ceramic Yard
  • 2 – Filing Cabinet, 2-Drawer Metal
  • 5 – Fire Extinguisher
  • 1 – Fire Hose
  • 116 – Fishing Pole
  • 1 – Fishing Pole Holder
  • 1 – Float, Styrofoam, Large
  • 1 – Flounder Spear
  • 16 – Foam Padding
  • 2 – Folding Table Leg
  • 1 – Foosball Table
  • 2 – Foot-board
  • 1 – Freestanding Basketball Set Base
  • 1 – Garbage Can Lid
  • 1 – Garden Rake Head
  • 5 – Gas Can, 1-Gallon Plastic
  • 3 – Gas Can, 1.25-Gallon Plastic
  • 2 – Gas Can, 1.4-Gallon Plastic
  • 8 – Gas Can, 2-Gallon Plastic
  • 7 – Gas Can, 2.5-Gallon Plastic
  • 10 – Gas Can, 2.8-Gallon Plastic
  • 1 – Gas Can, 4-Gallon Metal
  • 1 – Gas Can, 5-Gallon Metal (Military Style)
  • 15 – Gas Can, 5-Gallon Plastic
  • 3 – Gas Can, 6-Gallon Plastic
  • 1 – Gas Can, 10-Gallon Metal
  • 1 – Gate, Metal Accordion
  • 1 – Gate Valve, Marine
  • 2 – Gazebo
  • 11 – Gazebo Frame
  • 4 – Gazebo Poles
  • 1 – Gazebo Roof, Wooden
  • 4 – Gear Oil (Quart)
  • 1 – Generator, Honda 12 Volt
  • 60 Cu Ft – Glass
  • 2 – Golf Bag
  • 10 – Grate
  • 6 – Grill
  • 1 – Grinder, Portable Electric
  • 1 – Hard-case, Plastic
  • 76 Ft – Hawser Line
  • 3 – Headboard
  • 2 – Hip Boots
  • 12 Ft – Hose (6″ Diameter Corrugated)
  • 9 – Hose, Garden/Industrial
  • 2 – Hose, Soaker
  • 2 – Hot Water Heater
  • 1 – Hutch
  • 1 – Industrial Size Paper Filament Air Filter
  • 1 – Inflatable Towable
  • 1 – Insulation, Cloth
  • 1 – Helium Tank, 8.9 Cu Ft, Metal
  • 2 – Javelina Carcass
  • 1 – Kayak Seat Cushion
  • 1 – Kiddy Pool
  • 1 – Ladder
  • 1 – Ladder, Swing Set
  • 1 – Laundry Basket
  • 1 – Lawnmower Chassis and Handle
  • 2 – Lawnmower Grass Catcher
  • 47 Feet – Leach Field Pipe 4″ Diameter
  • 1 – Life Ring, Styrofoam
  • 3 – Life Vest
  • 26 – Live Well
  • 4 – Lounge Chair, Outdoor
  • 1 – Lounge Chair Frame & Motor
  • 1 – Love Seat
  • 3 – Marine Fuel Tank
  • 34 – Masonry (Pieces)
  • 4 – Mat
  • 21 – Mattress
  • 1 – Mattress Pad
  • 2 – Metal Bar
  • 1 – Metal Box
  • 8 – Metal Bracket
  • 1 – Metal Cylinder Strap
  • 8 – Metal Leg
  • 11 – Metal Plate
  • 2 – Metal Rack
  • 1 – Metal Rod
  • 1 – Metal Sheet, Corrugated
  • 1 – Metal Stand
  • 1 – Metal Stool Base
  • 4 – Microwave Oven
  • 6 – Milk Crate
  • 1 – Monitor, 32″
  • 2 – Mop
  • 1 – Mop Handle
  • 1 – Motor, Boat Trolling
  • 59 Quarts – Motor Oil
  • 1 – Motor Oil Collection Pan
  • 1 – Motor Scooter
  • 1 – Municipal Trash Bin
  • 4 – Net
  • 1 – Nightstand
  • 1 – Ottoman
  • 1 – Outboard Motor Lower Unit
  • 1 – Oven, Slide-In Style
  • 1 – Oyster Basket
  • 1 – Pale
  • 1 – Pad, Lounge Chair
  • 3 – Paddle
  • 1 – Paddle Boat
  • 8 – Paint Can, 1-Gallon
  • 103 – Pallet
  • 3 – Pan, Metal
  • 1 – Patio Door
  • 2 – Patio Umbrella
  • 1 – Paving Stone

  • 1 – Pedestal, Wooden
  • 1 – Personal Flotation Device, Type IV
  • 1 – Pet Carrier Top
  • 1 – Pickup Truck Nerf Bar
  • 1 – Picture Frame
  • 15 – Pillow, Throw/Bed
  • 1 – Pipe, Conduit
  • 10 – Pipe, Corrugated
  • 3 – Pipe Insulation
  • 60 – Pipe, Metal
  • 86 – Pipe, PVC
  • 19 – Plant Bed Edging
  • 13 – Plant Pot
  • 3 – Plant Stand
  • 1 – Plastic Sheet
  • 1 – Playpen
  • 1 – Plexiglas, Sheet
  • 1 – Pole Lamp
  • 3 – Pool Noodle
  • 1 – Portable Compact Disc Player
  • 1 – Portable Toilet
  • 2 – Pot, Metal
  • 1 – Power Supply
  • 6 – Propane Tank
  • 1 – Pump
  • 1 – Pump, Industrial/Shipboard Transfer Pump
  • 3 – Raccoon Carcass
  • 1 – Radio/Cassette Player
  • 2 – Raft, Styrofoam Large
  • 3 – Rail, Metal
  • 8 – Railroad Rail Base Plates
  • 1 – Rain Cutter
  • 3 – Rake
  • 1 – Range Drawer
  • 20 – Rebar
  • 7 – Recliner
  • 1 – Recliner Frame
  • 1 – Recycle Bin, Corpus Christi, Plastic Green
  • 795 – Recyclables (30-Gallon Bags) (Aluminum Cans and Plastic Bottles)
  • 5 – Refrigerator
  • 1 – Refrigerator Compressor Unit w/Chassis
  • 1 – Refrigerator Door
  • 2 – Refrigerator Rack
  • 1 – Rod, Metal
  • 126 Cu Ft – Roofing Shingles
  • 5 – Rope
  • 8 – Rug
  • 1 – RV Cushion
  • 1 – RV Door
  • 1 – RV Gray Water Discharge Hose Housing
  • 1 – RV Hot Water Heater
  • 1 – RV Sofa Bed
  • 1 – Saw
  • 2 – Sawhorse
  • 2 – Screen Door
  • 1 – Screen Frame
  • 1 – Sectional End Piece
  • 2 – Semi-Truck Cab Step
  • 1 – Semi-Truck Exhaust Stack
  • 3 – Semi-Truck Mud Guard
  • 1 – Settee, Plastic, Outdoor
  • 2 – Shade, Nylon
  • 1 – Shelf Unit, 3-Tier Plastic
  • 4 – Shelf Unit, Metal
  • 3 – Shelf, Utility
  • 1 – Shelter, Outdoor
  • 1 – Sheet of Glass
  • 48 Cu Ft – Sheetrock
  • 2 – Shoe Rack
  • 1 – Shopping Cart
  • 5 – Shovel
  • 1 – Shower Door
  • 1 – Shower Pan
  • 1 – Shower Rod
  • 14 – Siding, Metal
  • 9 – Sign Post, Metal
  • 1 – Sink, Fiberglass
  • 1 – Skillet
  • 1 – Sledge Hammer
  • 6 – Sleeping Bag
  • 1 – Sleeping Mat, Large
  • 1 – Smoker
  • 1 – Snow Skiing Pole
  • 3 – Sofa
  • 1 – Sofa Chassis
  • 4 – Sofa Cushion
  • 1 – Sofa Frame
  • 2 – Space Heater
  • 1 – Speaker Box
  • 2 – Speaker, Stereo
  • 2 – Squirt Guns, Large
  • 1 – Stationary Bicycle
  • 1 – Stool, Metal
  • 1 – Stroller
  • 1 – Styrofoam Insert
  • 8 – Styrofoam Sheet/Block
  • 3 – Suitcase
  • 2 – Table, Metal Folding
  • 2 – Table, Wood Folding
  • 5 – Table Legs, Metal
  • 1 – Table Top
  • 1 – Tank, Fiberglass (40 Gallon)
  • 9 – Tarp
  • 96 Cu Ft – Telephone Book
  • 15 – Television
  • 1 – Television Cable Box
  • 1 – Tennis Racket
  • 18 – Tent
  • 1 – Tent Bag
  • 6 – Tent Fly
  • 11 – Tent Poles
  • 1 – Terrarium, Glass 2′ X 1′ X 1′
  • 1 – Toaster, 2-Slice
  • 4 – Toilet
  • 1 – Toilet, Camping
  • 2 – Toilet Seat
  • 2 – Toilet Tank
  • 1 – Tool Box
  • 3235 – Trash Bags (30 Gallon Bags) (e.g. Non-Recyclable Plastic Bottles, Glass Bottles, Plastic Cups, Plastic Bags, Pieces of Plastic, Diapers, Styrofoam Cups, Styrofoam Plates, Pieces of Styrofoam, Shotgun Shell Casings, Paper Napkins, Paper Towels, Footwear, Clothing, Misc. Paper Products, Fishing Line & Tackle, Fast Food Restaurant Items such as Paper Bags, Salt, Pepper and Ketchup Packets, French Fry Cups, Hamburger Wrappers and Chicken Boxes, Towels, Cigarette Butts, Cigarette Packets, Cigarette Packet Cellophane Wrappers, etc.)
  • 1 – Tomato Plant Stand
  • 2 – Traffic Cone
  • 1 – Trailer Fender
  • 1 – Trailer Tire & Rim
  • 1 – Trash Basket
  • 1 – Trash Can, 10-Gallon
  • 1 – Trash Can, 13-Gallon
  • 1 – Trash Can, 33-Gallon
  • 192 Cu Ft Residue – Travel Trailer (Burned Out)
  • 1 – Treadmill
  • 1 – Tripod, Metal
  • 7 – Umbrella
  • 8 – Umbrella, Beach
  • 2 – Umbrella Stand
  • 3 – Vacuum
  • 6530 Cu FT – Vegetation (Palm Fronds & Tree Limbs/Trunks)
  • 3 – Venetian Blind
  • 1 – Washing Machine Tub
  • 3 – Waste Basket
  • 1 – Water Container, 6-Gallon
  • 1 – Water Container, 10-Gallon
  • 1 – Water Heater
  • 1 – Weed Eater
  • 1 – Well Drilling Bit
  • 2 – Wench, Come-Along
  • 2 – Wheelchair
  • 1 – Wicker Basket
  • 1 – Windshield Washer Fluid (Gallon)
  • 1 – Window Fan Unit
  • 1 – Window Frame
  • 1 – Window Screen
  • 1 – Wire Mesh
  • 4745 – Wood, Pieces (Plywood, Fence Boards, Stakes, Construction Residue, Rafts, Platforms, Target Frames, etc.)

Now as you can see, there’s definitely a littering problem going on out there. Furthermore, it doesn’t help when recreational shooters come along and contribute to the littering problem by adding unto or scattering existing debris into thousands of pieces.

Giving BackAbsolutely, help us by spreading the word! Share this article with your friends and family below via one of the many social media outlets, or simply email it to them directly.

If you would like to help with clean up efforts that take place on our beautiful flatlands, fill out the contact form below. Once you do so, we will put you down for one of our upcoming Trash Take-Back events and share your information with the Harbor Island Preservation.

Thank you for your interest in giving back to our community!
 
 
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We sincerely hope you find this information helpful. Our goal is not gun control or incarceration for folks who enjoy recreational shooting. Our goal is to work with our community by keeping everyone informed and aware of our public safety efforts. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please comment below, contact us here, or reach out to us on social media. Likewise, if there’s a topic you would like to see discussed, let us know.