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Mistrial in trial watched by gun-rights advocates

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Gun activists are celebrating Friday night after a mistrial in the case of a Fort Hood soldier arrested for carrying an assault rifle in public.

It's a temporary victory for Army Master Sgt. Christopher Grisham, but the fight is not over yet.

Deliberations began Thursday, where Grisham faced a misdemeanor charge of interference with duties of an officer. Nearly 16 hours later the jury was hung after no verdict was found.

"Gun owners are law abiding citizens," said Master Sgt. Christopher Grisham, U.S. Army.

For Army Master Sgt. Christopher Grisham, his trial is much more than just a fight for his own rights.

"An ordinary American could be walking down the street and the next thing you know he's in jail facing an expensive lawsuit, trying to defend himself against the actions of an abusive police officer," said Master Sgt. Christopher Grisham, U.S. Army.

It was in March when Grisham was on a 15 mile hike with his son who was trying to earn a Boy Scout merit badge.

Grisham was stopped by Temple Police after they received a report of a man carrying an assault rifle. Grisham says he was armed as protection against wild hogs. His 15-year-old son, Chris Grisham got the whole incident on camera.

"My dad didn't do anything wrong at all, it was the cop that was being the bad guy that day," said Chris Grisham, son.

Once posted online, the video went viral. It has gained national attention from gun-rights advocates across the country.

Grisham hopes his situation could help set a precedent for future cases.

"It's very obvious that when a police officer can take your gun without asking for it, without telling you to hand it over, when they feel like they have the kind of power to do that to a citizen in this country, then yes we need to change the laws," said Master Sgt. Christopher Grisham, U.S. Army.

The Bell County attorney says the pre-trial could come as soon as late November.

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