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Gun Advocate Group Marches On Houston Police Department With Guns Drawn

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In a show of solidarity, a group of gun owners and gun rights advocates spent the Fourth of July marching, with their guns, in front of the Houston Police Department.

“It’s Independence Day — where it all started,” said shotgun toting protester Jenn Kroll, to the Houston Chronicle. “What better day to show our rights?”

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Kroll marched with about 25 others, carrying rifles, in quiet, mostly empty downtown Houston Thursday morning. Come and Take It Houston, a gun-rights group, organized the march following a similar effort in Temple, where hundreds gathered carrying their firearms in the streets. Under Texas law, it is legal to openly carry a rifle.

“If you don’t use your rights, they can take them away,” Ed Aldredge of Sugar Land said. Aldridge brought along his 11-year-old son, Austin, who carried a .22-caliber rifle.

The group met at 9 a.m. in front of Houston City Hall and circled through downtown. A few drivers passing by honked their horns in support. The group took pictures in front of the Houston Police Department's headquarters before stopping to eat at a restaurant that gave them permission to bring in their weapons.

Sources: HoustonChronicle, RawStory