'Open Carry March' for Independence Day in downtown Tyler
POSTED: Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 5:40pm
UPDATED: Saturday, July 6, 2013 - 11:06am
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — In honor of our forefathers, the fourth of July and the 2nd Amendment more than a 100 East Texans walked together Thursday in an 'Open Carry March'.
KETK walked beside East Texans to see why it was so important to carry their rifle or shotgun and march.
East Texans from all over marched down the streets in downtown Tyler armed.
"To honor our service men and women, past, present and future and to support the Constitution and 2nd Amendment," says A.J. Cook.
The 2nd Amendment which protects the right to keep and bear arms.
"We're all carrying rifles, shot guns we are not shooting anyone." says Matt Lightfoot.
Safety practices were in place before the march and authorities made sure people were safe.
Members of the group tell KETK, they're blessed to be in Texas because they're able to show what a Texan is all about.
"America we believe in, we're a Christian country always have been, we believe in God, Guns and Freedom," says an East Texan participating in the 'Open Carry March'.
"Your right to carry arms and to walk freely in your city," says Eric Rahn.
"I really recommend people to really defend their rights to carry arm," says Kimberly Rahn.
More than one-hundred people marched to celebrate our country's independence.