POSTED: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 10:00am
UPDATED: Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 10:15pm
Longview, TX — 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.
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