Protesters Organize for ‘Open-Carry’ in San Antonio

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Outside of San Antonio, more than 80 individuals gathered to protest a city ordinance that bans civilians from openly carrying loaded firearms, according to local media outlet KSAT. The rally was conceived after 19-year-old Henry Vichique was arrested and stunned with a taser for open-carrying a loaded firearm–that incident was caught on video.

Citizens gathered on April 6 protested a city ordinance that states it is illegal “to carry a loaded rifle or shotgun on any public street.” Members with the activist group Open Carry Texas, many of whom were present at the recent event, assert that ordinance violates Texas law.

Texas is not currently a traditional open-carry state. According to the Texas Constitution, long gun open carry is not forbidden by law, unless it is done in a manner “calculated to cause alarm.” The open carry of handguns, however, is not permitted. Article 1, Section 23 of the Texas Constitution reads, “Every citizen shall have the right to keep and bear arms in the lawful defense of himself or the State; but the Legislature shall have power, by law, to regulate the wearing of arms, with a view to prevent crime.”

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Source: Breitbart Texas

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