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Open Carry Activist Arrested For Pre-1899 Black Powder Pistol (Video)

Jacob Cordova, an Open Carry Activist, was arrested on Saturday night in Arlington, Texas, while carrying a black powder pistol from the Civil War era.

Cordova was filming police conducting a traffic stop when two officers walked over and saw that he was armed.

The officers arrested Cordova, which was caught on video (below) by an unidentified bystander.

“You are not allowed to have a firearm on your hand [unintelligible],” said one of the police officers.

“It’s a pre-1899 black powder pistol, read the penal code," replied Cordova.

The officers handcuffed Cordova and led him to a patrol car. According to, he was originally charged with illegally carrying a firearm.

“It’s a pending investigation and they ended up changing charges from a firearm charge to a ‘disrupting police business’ charge that is a class B misdemeanor," Cordova told The Free Thought Project. "We have great evidence and I will fight it till the end.”

While the open carry of handguns is generally not allowed in Texas, there are exceptions per state law:

Firearm does not include a firearm that may have, as an integral part, a folding knife blade or other characteristics of weapons made illegal by this chapter and that is:

(A) an antique or curio firearm manufactured before 1899; or

(B) a replica of an antique or curio firearm manufactured before 1899, but only if the replica does not use rim fire or center fire ammunition.

Sources:, The Free Thought Project,


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