The Texas state Senate passed a bill earlier this week that would allow Texans to openly carry handguns.
The bill is expected to pass the state House and be signed by Governor Greg Abbott (R).
However, while GOP lawmakers push the bill through the state legislature, the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, which is not affiliated with the Black Panthers (despite using the co-founder's name), has been staging an armed presence with long guns outside the State Capitol in Austin.
According to the Dallas Morning News, the group has been chanting about shooting "pigs."
The Huey P. Newton Gun Club tweeted on Tuesday, "#BlackOpenCarry at the Texas capitol today. We promote armed self defense nationally. #BlackLivesMatter #M16."
Adding fuel to the fire, Open Carry Texas founder CJ Grisham reportedly wrote on Facebook to the gun club: “I wouldn’t attempt shooting our cops, because it won’t be them firing back at you. Try pulling this when we’re around and you may want to make sure your life insurance policy is up to date first.”
That Facebook post has been deleted.
Meanwhile, the organization States United Against Gun Violence opened a gun store in New York City, which offered weapons used in mass killings and accidents, reports Creativity-Online.com.
The store advertised to first-time gun buyers who were secretly filmed as they were told about the bloody past of the guns they were interested in buying (video below).
The gun buyers reacted with shock to the stories, and some completely changed their minds about buying guns; no guns were actually sold at the "store."