Temple, Texas –-(Ammoland.com)- On March 16, 2013, active-duty soldier MSGT CJ Grisham was arrested while joining his son on a 10-mile hike to earn a Boy Scout merit badge.
As he always does while walking out in the country, Grisham was carrying his legally concealed Kimber .45 and a legally carried Blackjack Firearms AR-15, semi-automatic rifle.
Responding to a non-emergency call reporting a man with a rifle, Temple police officer Steve Ermis walked right up to Grisham and attempted to disarm him without a word of warning or identifying the nature of the confrontation. Grisham, having done nothing illegal, was hesitant regarding this unlawful disarming and was met with Ermis’s service weapon pushed up against the back of his neck in front of his teenaged son.
After his arrest, Grisham realized that there is a lot of ignorance about open carry laws in Texas and started the official non-profit organization, Open Carry Texas (OCT).
Since the founding of OCT, our great state has seen a miraculous turn-around regarding gun rights and laws. Working with local law enforcement agencies all across Texas while also educating the public at large, OCT has been able to positively influence politicians in the pursuit of extending open carry to modern pistols in addition to the already legal open carry of pre-1899 black powder antiques/replicas and long rifles.
At 10am, on Saturday, March 15, 2014, OCT will recreate that historic hike with a massive ten-mile open carry march along the same route Grisham and his son were on last year. Over a hundred armed patriots are expected to attend the peaceful exercise of this fundamental right and local law enforcement has been notified about the event that will begin and end at the intersection of Mouser Rd. and Airport Trail in Temple.
OCT is an organization dedicated to the safe and legal carry of firearms openly in the State of Texas in accordance with the United States and Texas Constitution and applicable laws.
About Open Carry Texas: Our purpose is to 1) educate all Texans about their right to openly carry rifles and shotguns in a safe manner; 2) to condition Texans to feel safe around law-abiding citizens that choose to carry them; 3) encourage our elected officials to pass less restrictive open carry legislation for all firearms, especially pistols; and (4) foster a cooperative relationship with local law enforcement in the furtherance of these goals with an eye towards preventing negative encounters. Visit: www.opencarrytexas.org