'Open Carry Texas' Protesters Arrested for Carrying Black Powder Pistols (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Two members of a gun rights group, Open Carry Texas, were recently arrested by Department of Public Safety officers outside the State Capitol in Austin, Texas.

According to, one of the people arrested was Open Carry Texas president C.J. Grisham (video below).

The Open Carry Texas members were attending a "Let's Roll America" protest at the capitol.

"The men were openly carrying suspected deadly weapons and were given the opportunity to leave the area, but refused," said DPS spokesperson Tom Vinger told

The two men arrested were charged with criminal trespassing, but Open Carry Texas claims their black powder replicas of pre-1899 revolvers are exempt from firearm laws.

"Two of our party members were carrying two pre-1899 black powder replica revolvers, they were holstered the whole time, they were never drawn or displayed rudely by any means,"
said Open Carry Texas member Amanda Andeen.

"We're not going to stop, we're going to continue until our point is made and things change," added Andeen. "TV, video games, movies have demonized weapons, firearms, and so we're just trying to make it a point that not everyone with a gun is a bad guy."

On their Facebook page, Open Carry Texas writes:

Open Carry Texas (OCT) is an organization dedicated to the safe and legal carry of firearms openly in the State of Texas in accordance with the United States and Texas Constitution and applicable laws.

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