As America is plagued with an ever oppressive government, it appears as if many aren’t planning on taking tyranny lying down. In an effort to protest the current gun laws in Texas, many residents organized to conduct an open-carry walk – some in violation of the law itself.
On April 6, a local activist group, “Open Carry Texas,” organized to protest the local gun laws deeming it illegal, “to carry a loaded rifle or shotgun on any public street.” Although the event encouraged members, or supporters of the movement, to come along with an open-carry long gun, many took the idea just one step further.
To express their outrage over the oppressive restriction, some participants came armed with their long guns loaded – a blatant protest to town’s ordinance.
In Texas, the law regarding open-carry is rather simple – long guns yes, handguns no. According to the Texas Constitution, anyone who wants to open-carry their long guns in public may do so unless carrying it in such a way that is, “calculated to cause alarm.”
As stated before however, carrying a sidearm in open view is not permitted under any circumstance. As reported by Breitbart, “ Article 1, Section 23 of the Texas Constitution reads, ‘Every citizen shall have the right to keep and bear arms in the lawful defense of himself or the State; but the Legislature shall have power, by law, to regulate the wearing of arms, with a view to prevent crime.’”
In order to combat such an ideal, the folks over at Open Carry Texas organized the peaceful protest with the help of recent celebrity, Henry Vichique. As you may remember, a 19-year-old man in Texas was recently tased for open-carrying his long gun during his walk home. That man was Henry.
Kicking off the event, Vichique exclaimed, “This isn’t going to stand,” and further expressed the need to stop officers like the ones that interacted with him that, “wanted to be above the law.” Although the event went off without a hitch, and required no police presence, the sentiment of patriotic aggression was nonetheless present.
In blatant defiance of the law, several members openly boasted that they were in violation of the law as they were carrying loaded firearms. The president of Open Carry Texas, C.J. Grisham, even went so far as to share, “Many of us had loaded firearms, and nobody was arrested, miraculously.” He added, “We were protesting an illegal ordinance. Local law is very specific: cities may not prohibit the carrying of firearms.”
The group used the protest as a soapbox to express their desire for future change as well as how Open Carry Texas aimed to carry out any such change. Explaining the need to get involved with local legislative procedure, Grisham shared with the crowd the obligation to interact with the City Council as well as other local politicians.
Although not there in person, many around the state share the group’s mindset and claimed to have been there in spirit. Chairman Emeritus of the Texas Young Republicans Federation (TYRF), Mark C. Brown, said, “Most young Republicans see no problem with the open carrying of handguns by responsible, law-abiding adults and believe that state laws should be expanded to allow for open carry.”
The likeminded groups aim at banding together to take down their collective enemy (state and local government) as gun laws are threatened on a daily basis. Grisham relayed to Breitbart, “If the City Council refuses to act, we’re going to the Attorney General to file an official complaint.” He concluded by stating, “As a Texan, I am offended that I cannot keep and protect arms in the home of the Alamo.”
So what do you guys think – do American’s deserve the right to carry a gun around as they see fit or does there need to be some regulations on the matter? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.