An open carry protest in a Fort Worth-area Jack in the Box last week ended with controversy, calls to local law enforcement, and a fracture inside a well-known Texas Second Amendment group.
According to reports in the local media, a peaceful open-carry event ended up with more than a dozen officers on scene and the restaurant staff hiding inside the store’s walk-in freezer.
“They locked themselves inside a freezer for protection out of fear the rifle-carrying men would rob them,” said Sgt. Ray Bush, with the Fort Worth Police Department, of the May 1 incident.
“The demonstration had no signage that would have alerted anyone to their real purpose, and to our knowledge they did not attempt to contact anyone in the Fort Worth Police Department to advise us prior to the demonstration,” explained Bush.
The response, according to Edwin Haros, one of the open-carry activists at the event, was unnecessary.
“Everyone was nice at the Jack in the Box. We ordered, received our food, walked back out,” said Haros, a member of the Tarrant County Chapter of Open Carry Texas (OCT).