"Open Carry Celebration" held in Longview
POSTED: Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 10:58pm
UPDATED: Sunday, September 1, 2013 - 9:47am
Tyler, Texas — Many East Texans feel the current debate surrounding gun control has made some think of gun holders as criminals. These East Texans decided it was time to take a stand for their second amendment rights, so they decided to hold an open carry walk.
On Saturday they peacefully walked on the sidewalks of Longview for their second walk. They were allowed to carry rifles and shotguns, loaded or unloaded.
While many of these East Texans hope that one day they will be able to openly carry pistols, for now they just hope this walk shows others to use guns as a tool, and not a weapon.
Mike Denapas with the Open Carry Walk says, "We don't see rifles carried around anymore in public, a lot of people think there's a negative attitude toward it, we wanted to start overcoming that."