BREAKING: Open Carry Texas Adjusts Strategy For Open Carry Demonstrations

June 5 2014
by GSL Staff
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As I’m sure you’re aware, several recent open carry demonstrations in Texas have drawn criticism from both the anti-gun crowd, and even some in the pro-gun camp.

The main issue centered around openly carrying long guns into private businesses. Often, these demonstrations resulted in the businesses involved being forced to take a side in the open carry debate. More often than not, these businesses, particularly national chains, have been siding with the anti-gun camp.

A couple of weeks ago, Open Carry Texas, along with several other prominent grassroots organizations in Texas, issued a statement encouraging demonstrators not to carry long guns into private businesses, particularly national chains.

The group also encouraged members to consider openly carrying antique black powder pistols, which is also currently legal under Texas law, as an alternative to slung rifles.

Now Open Carry Texas is making another suggestion to its members which should still allow them to raise awareness of open carry laws in Texas without so much backlash from the anti-gun crowd (although I’m sure they’ll still have something to say about it).

According to a post on their Facebook page, Open Carry Texas is now encouraging members to carry brightly colored rubber/plastic guns and/or empty holsters. Empty holster protests have proven to be an effective way of raising gun rights awareness in other parts of the country.

Here is the post from the Open Carry Texas page,

According to a comment made on that post by OCT, the group will continue to carry long guns to rallies and similar events, a practice that is also done at political rallies in other states. I believe most people took issue with the carry of long guns into private businesses. What do you think, is this a good win/win solution?

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