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?”
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.