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Idaho tea party activist/GOP leader arrested for assault with a deadly weapon

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BOISE, Idaho --

An Idaho Republican Party leader who helped oust the state GOP
chairman in 2008 faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly
weapon after an altercation escalated while he photographed a home
with a delinquent mortgage.

Challis McAffee, 33, the GOP chairman from the Boise suburb of Garden
City and one of 231 voting members of the Idaho Republican Central
Committee, was in Ada County jail after being accused of pointing a
gun at the homeowner.

McAffee works for a contractor hired by Wells Fargo & Co. to document
the condition of homes where mortgages are past due or in foreclosure.
A Wells Fargo spokesman condemned McAffee's behavior, calling it
"horrific and absolutely inexcusable."

McAffee, a backer of libertarian-leaning former GOP presidential
candidate Ron Paul and an activist in this year's anti-big-government
"Tea Party" protests, helped organize Paul backers who aligned at last
June's Idaho State Republican Convention in Sandpoint with other foes
of then-state GOP Chairman Kirk Sullivan. Sullivan was voted from
office in favor of Norm Semanko.

According to police in the Boise suburb of Meridian, resident Robert
Lutes called officers just before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to report McAffee
had pointed a .357 Magnum handgun at him during a verbal
confrontation.

McAffee acknowledged he pointed the gun at Lutes, according to the
police account.

From The Associated Press, 8/20/09


by on Aug. 22, 2009 at 12:24 AM
Replies (11-12):
katy_kay
by on Aug. 22, 2009 at 1:46 PM

I have a number of friends that believe the need to carry a gun everywhere they go.  They do it 'legally' in that they all have permits for these weapons.  The interesting coincidence with all of these people is they have either pulled their gun or had a gun pulled on them...some have shot at people and been had people return fire. 

Now the part that makes this interesting to me is they all live in my area, we are all the same age and grew up together in the same town yet I do not carry a gun.  I have never had a gun pulled on me and I have never been shot at either. 

There seems to be an attitude of draw first ask questions later with these 'law abiding' gun owners.  I would venture to suggest they wouldn't find themselves in such confrontational situations if they didn't believe they were Quick Draw McGraw.

stormcris
by Christy on Aug. 22, 2009 at 2:14 PM

I have been a repo agent and dealt with foreclosures. Things escalate quickly and the whole situation requires monitoring a persons body language because literally people will do anything to keep these items. Notice this guy did not go to jail for assult too. Well slapping a car with a person in it is assult because it is a threat. However, the rules do not apply to a repo or foreclosure agent (unless they are from the court) in many states. The person can pull a gun on them and threaten them all he or she likes. Remember many people still think it is legal to shoot a repo person and it used to be.

Quoting trippyhippy:

So you ladies think it's ok to pull a gun on someone if they slap their hand on your car?  LOL

Quoting Godgaveme4:

Thanks for posting this.  I had a feeling there was more to the story that the article had left out.

Quoting stormcris:

Its ok I finally found what is allegedly his side of the story, I'll watch how this plays out and see what comes of it:

Lutes confronted McAffee, becoming increasingly hostile. When Lutes struck McAffee's Ford Escort with his hand, McAffee brandished the weapon to de-escalate the conflict.

Quoting tericared:


Quoting stormcris:

He admitted to pulling a gun in what you posted, but it does not say what caused him to pull the gun that would be the other side I was wondering about.

Quoting Goodwoman614:


Quoting stormcris:

So what is the other side of the story?

Which side?  The side where this dumbass gets his permit revoked and pays a huge fine?  You mean that side?  Dumbass didn't like how the argument was going, and so pulled a gun.  He admitted it. 

I call small pecker, and even smaller brain.





According to police in the Boise suburb of Meridian, resident Robert
Lutes called officers just before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to report McAffee
had pointed a .357 Magnum handgun at him during a verbal
confrontation.





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