Open Carry Tarrant County, a group that advocates openly carrying guns in public, is suing the City of Arlington for a recent ordinance it passed.
In the past, Open Carry members have carried rifles and passed out copies of the Constitution in Arlington, saying they want the public to be informed about their Second Amendment rights.
However, the group’s tactics recently prompted Arlington to ban pedestrians from passing out literature at certain busy intersections. The city said the ordinance was needed to keep demonstrators and drivers safe.
Some in Arlington also said they were uncomfortable with the group's demonstrations.
Open Carry Tarrant County and its coordinator, Kory Watkins, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday in Fort Worth federal court, claiming the ordinance infringes upon members’ First Amendment rights to share information with the public about the right to keep and bear arms.
The city passed another ordinance recently as well, which bans ban long guns, black powder pistols and fake guns from any government meetings.
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