Open Carry Activists Take Rifles Into Family Restaurant In Texas

| by Michael Allen

Members of the pro-gun group Open Carry Tarrant County carried rifles into Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers restaurant in Arlington, Texas, on Jan. 24.

A picture of the members was posted on Facebook by the group's leader, Kory Watkins, who added the caption: "Waiting on 2 patriots kidnapped by Arlington Police," an apparent reference to two pro-gun members of Cop Watch who were detained by police earlier that same day (video below).

According to, Raising Cane’s was founded by Todd Graves, a conservative who donated to the political campaign of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana), the controversial House Whip who has past links to a white supremacy group, noted CBS News.

Open Carry Tarrant County has been pushing for a new law that would allow the open carry of handguns in the Lone Star state.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Open Carry Tarrant County members met with Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick's (R) senior staff last week after he announced there were not enough votes to pass the bill.

The meeting came one day after Open Carry Tarrant County leader Kory Watkins posted an angry video on Facebook condemning Republicans who don't support the proposal.

Earlier this year, members of Open Carry Tarrant County harassed a Texas lawmaker in his office, which led to the passing of a new rule in which lawmakers can push a "panic button."

Sources: Facebook,, Houston Chronicle, CBS News / Image Credit: Facebook Screenshot