A group of Texans marched through Arlington on Sunday with rifles in their hands in protest of what they feel is a ridiculous rule. “Right now, Texas is one of seven states that do not allow open carry with a pistol,” said 30-year-old Daniel Wood. “Every one of us out here would much rather open carry our pistol than open carry our rifle.”
This is not the first time that a protest like this has happened in Texas. On Independence Day, members of the pro-gun organization Come and Take it Houston walked through the city’s streets while they were armed in an effort to educate locals about gun laws.
At the protest in Arlington, which remained peaceful, police were on hand just in case anything went awry, The Blaze reported.
“I can understand having this kind of police presence for our first walk in Arlington,” Wood said of the six officers who were at the protest. “Moving forward, now that they see we’re law-abiding citizens, I think six would be overboard at a second walk. We really just want to show people that a guy with a gun is not necessarily a bad thing.”
The Arlington protest was part of a larger movement called Open Carry Texas.
According to OCT’s website:
“Our purpose is to 1) educate all Texans about their right to openly carry rifles and shotguns in a safe manner; 2) to condition Texans to feel safe around law-abiding citizens that choose to carry them; 3) encourage our elected officials to pass less restrictive open carry legislation; and (4) foster a cooperative relationship with local law enforcement in the furtherance of these goals with an eye towards preventing negative encounters.”