Pistol-Packing GOP Official’s Wife Arrested at Veep Luncheon With PM-Gun Control Violator
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) _ A Republican Party official says it was silly that his wife was arrested for carrying a concealed pistol to a $100-a-plate luncheon honoring Vice President George Bush.
Anne E. Ramey, 35, forgot the pistol was in her purse, said her husband, Duke Ramey.
As chairman of the Republican Party’s Caddo Political Action Committee, Ramey had worked with Secret Service agents to arrange the luncheon.
Mrs. Ramey was freed on $360 bail soon after being arrested on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon, said Sgt. Rick Ware, a Shreveport police spokesman.
Bush visited Shreveport for about two hours Wednesday to campaign for Rep. Henson Moore, R-La., the frontrunner among 14 candidates in an election Saturday to choose a successor to retiring Sen. Russell B. Long.
Ramey said his wife started carrying the weapon about five years ago, at the suggestion of police, after receiving some ″very, very ugly, nasty, insulting telephone calls.″
″It’s a silly situation quite frankly,″ Ramey said. ″She carries the gun, had forgotten about it and the vice president just happened to be in Shreveport today. Quite frankly, it was ridiculous.″
Mrs. Ramey was arrested by Shreveport police near a metal detector as she entered the Convention Hall-Civic Theater complex, said Secret Service agent Ben Lockett.
A Shreveport police spokesman said Mrs. Ramey did not have a permit to carry the weapon.
″A lot of women carry weapons in their purses today for protection,″ said Ware, ″but when you have a vice president in town, you really can’t take any chances. You really can’t.″