Texas ''Drug Felon'' With Possession of a Firearm Case
In Gale v. State, 998 S.W.2d 221 (Tex.Crim.App. 1999), uncontroverted testimony indicated that drug traffickers commonly use firearms to protect their drugs and drug proceeds.
The U.S. Supreme Court also notes that weapons are frequently associated with drug dealers. See Bailey v. United States, 116 S. Ct. 501, 504, 516 U.S. 137, 133 L. Ed. 2d 472 (1995) ("A prosecution expert testified at trial that drug dealers frequently carry a firearm to protect their drugs and money as well as themselves.... the expert also testified that drug dealers generally use guns to protect themselves from other dealers, the police, and their own employees.")
Additionally, evidence was introduced that Mr. Gale's firearms could be "fully loaded and ready to fire within 'seconds."' Gale, 998 S.W.2d at 225.
Additionally, in Gale, evidence was introduced that the firearms could be "fully loaded and ready to fire within 'seconds.'" Id.