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Local gun debate gets personal

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A group of anti-gun moms is accusing a gun rights group of bullying, and a little espionage, after members showed up outside the moms' meeting in Arlington.

Four women from the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America were inside the Blue Mesa restaurant in Lincoln Square, when about 40 members from Open Carry Texas"showed up outside.

Pictures from Twitter and Facebook show they were openly armed with shot guns and high-powered rifles.

The mom who organized the meeting didn't want her name used, but told FOX4 over the phone that she thought they were bullied.

"If a group wants to show up to have a discussion, if they want to have dialogue and if they want to talk about their rights, they don't show up armed with rifles," she said. "It absolutely was a display of force and firepower."

She said someone from the open carry group posed as a mom on Facebook, and discovered the location of the meeting.

But one Open Carry Texas member who was there says his group was just standing still outside the restaurant.

"We knew that they were here, so we just gathered her to do our walk," Daniel Wood said. "We just gathered here in the parking lot for about 15 minutes and then went off to do our walk."

The issue of bullying is one the open carry folks are throwing back on the moms.

On the phone, Kory Watkins, who organized the weekend's walk, said the moms group demonstrated against them, during an open carry event a few weeks ago in San Antonio.

"When we held that rally at the Alamo and we had 1,200 people show up - they sent two of their members through our crowd of armed people with brooms in disapproval of what we were doing," Watkins said. "So I don't know why they would feel intimidated or threatened then."

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