Gun rights group “Open Carry Texas” demonstrated their right to bear arms in Rowlett.
It’s the group’s first protest since going head to head with the City of Arlington last week.
A dozen people armed with Long rifles and some with black powdered pistols paraded up and down Lakeview Parkway in Rowlett passing out pamphlets on Sunday, explaining Open Carry Texas’ goals.
“You just kind of showing people that gun owners are safe and responsible people and we’re educating people about our right to open carry,” said supporter Pliny Gale.
Rowlett police say they got several 9-1-1 calls from concerned citizens when they saw the armed group in public.
Last week, Arlington City Council made it illegal to pass out literature of any kind to motorists in the roadway to protect pedestrians as well as drivers. The council also unanimously passed an ordinance banning weapons from being brought into city hall or other buildings where public meetings are being held.
“If you have a right to bear arms, why would a place that makes laws be the first place to restrict a constitutional law,” said Gale. Open Carry Texas members say that ordinance will be challenged in court.
In Rowlett, the open carry message seemed well received by many, like John Irvine. “If more good American citizens had concealed handgun licenses, we wouldn’t have half the tragedies in this country that we have now.”
Jan Lanzillo was the only one we talked to that didn’t like the idea of shotguns and semi-automatic rifles in public places without some kind of certification or training. “I want the person that is walking around with a gun like that, to have gone through all the classes and know how to handle the gun.”
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