Open Carry Texas Goes for 'In Your Face' Approach to Gun Debate By BYRON PITTS and JACKIE JESKO Jun 25, 2014
CJ Grisham (center) says Open Carry Texas' mission is to raise awareness of existing gun rights, and also to expand them.
Imagine sitting down to dinner at a restaurant with your family when in walks a handful of men armed with assault rifles. Are you frightened, maybe angry? Or do they make you feel safe?
That’s the question at the center of a bitter and increasingly public battle surrounding a group of gun-carrying activists in Texas, who brazenly flex their legal right to bear arms by carrying around assault rifles in public. The group calls themselves “Open Carry Texas.” Their enthusiasm for packing heat in public has led national chains like Chipotle, Chili’s and Jack in the Box to ask customers to leave their firearms at home.
What the group is doing is perfectly legal in Texas, but they have come to represent the line in the sand between those in America who fear the violent use of guns and those who fear losing their guns