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Group pushing for open carry gun laws to host armed march in Longview

Group pushing for open carry gun laws to host armed march in Longview

POSTED: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 10:00am

UPDATED: Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 10:15pm

Following similar rallies in Fort Worth, Dallas, Temple and McAllen, a Tyler-based group pushing for open carry gun laws will host a march through downtown Longview on Saturday.

More than 125 East Texans had signed up to participate in Open Carry Tyler’s march by Monday afternoon according to the event’s Facebook page, but organizers said they hoped several hundred more will join the rally.

The Labor Day Open Carry Celebration walk is scheduled to begin about 10 a.m. at the Gregg County Courthouse and organizers, like Matt Thiessen, are encouraging attendees to “join us in a public exercise of our God-given right to self-defense.”

“The reasoning behind this, is that especially in the most recent years, there have been a lot of threats about infringing against our Second Amendment rights,” Thiessen said.

While the march is designed to promote all gun rights, Open Carry Tyler proposes legalizing the open carry of pistols.

States with open carry laws allow pistols being carried by a licensed resident to be visible.

Thiessen said Texans liked to brag about their gun rights, but forget the state was one of only a handful that do not allow the practice, requiring that carried pistols be concealed by a permitted user.

Read more from the Longview News-Journal.

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While I understand the what this march is about, I think people maybe worry that someone just walking around carrying a rifle may just go berserk. Overreact to a small situation. You can not control everyone person or group, what is going on in their life or mind or agenda

These folks who swagger around with high-powered assault weapons spout that they are exercising their "God-given" right to open can't find that "right" in the can't find that "right" hidden in the Ten Commandments...while thousands march today to commemorate a moment in time that focused on jobs and freedom, others march with assault weapons on Labor Day, far removed from bringing a message of peace...and there is no shame in those who choose to love guns more than peace.

Unfortunately I work weekends but as a Concealed Handgun Permit Holder, I fully support the marchers and their agenda. God Bless you and your efforts. I hope thousands turn out. If I could be there, I would.

Well I'm not bubbly about open carry but they have it in Arizona, Vermont, New Mexico, Alaska, and maybe other states I don't know about and I don't hear of any 'Dodge City' shootouts.

So maybe it will work out ok.

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