State Troopers Arrest 2 Men Carrying Antique Pistols at Open Carry Event in Texas
In Texas, surprisingly for many who have never been there, the open carry of handguns is, for the most part, illegal. The exception is pre-1899, black powder pistols and replicas of those pistols, as those items are not considered firearms under Texas or federal law. Long guns may also be carried openly.
During an open carry rally in Austin, 2 protestors have been arrested for carrying such black powder pistols.
According to BizPacReview,
An Open Carry Texas spokesperson said the pistols the men carried were black powder replicas of pre-1899 revolvers and therefore exempt as firearms, KBTX reported.
“Two of our party members were carrying two pre 1899 black powder replica revolvers, they were holstered the whole time, they were never drawn or displayed rudely by any means,” Amanda Andeen said.
According to police, the men refused to leave after being asked to by police.
According to TheRepublic.com,
The two men were arrested for criminal trespass and have refused to identify themselves to authorities, Department of Public Safety spokesman Tom Vinger said.
“The men were openly carrying suspected deadly weapons and were given the opportunity to leave the area, but refused,” Vinger wrote in an email. He said no other information about the arrest was available.
Openly carrying firearms is a controversial subject, even in the gun rights community. Some gun rights activists say they openly carrying firearms attracts unwanted attention to the gun rights cause, while others say it is a good way to educate the public on gun laws as well as desensitize them to the presence of firearms.