About a dozen people participated in a peaceful protest aimed at any attempt toward gun control. They carried a variety of unloaded guns down the middle of the Fort Worth Stockyards.
As you can imagine, spectators weren't sure what to make of it.
Some people were shocked for a second, but thought there had to be some sort of explanation.
When they learned it was a protest, most people seemed to accept it.
Stockyards business owner Johnny Shaver organized the Open Carry Gun Walk.
Shaver chose not to talk on camera, but others who walked with him, did.
"If they took away my tactical rifles, I've still got other rifles. If they take those, I got a shotgun. If they took that, I've got pistols. So I'm covered anyway you go but more I don't want them infringing on our rights," said gun owner Derek Hall.
Simple rules of the peaceful protest included no handguns and all guns had to be unloaded.
"I feel safe. My dad got me this when I moved out on my own," said Melanie Randolph who says she wants to keep the right to protect herself.
Candace Coe was surprised as she strolled with her two children, until she realized the reason.
"We should be able to carry them," she said.
Others thought the walk was too much and would favor some level of gun control.
"We definitely need to do something with shooting in the workplace and just out in the open to keep our families safe. It's important that we stand up for what we believe is right," said Diana Oliveros who was visiting the Stockyards with her family.
Gun owners who walked say they want to keep their families safe too.
"At some point we have to hit the streets and get the word out that just because you own a gun, you're not some crazy criminal out to do everybody harm," said gun owner Andy Welch.
Johnny Shaver, the organizer of the walk, said the protest was meant to make a point, not scare people. That's why they chose a quiet Thursday evening in the Stockyards.
An officer patrolled the streets as usual. Nothing more once the march started. The walk continued without much fanfare and the walkers themselves kept quiet.
In Texas, while you can carry long guns without a permit, you must never point the barrel or do anything threatening.
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