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Come & Take It Texas, Texas Carry, Gun Rights Across America & Open Carry Texas Joint Statement on Open Carry of Long Arms

Come & Take It Texas, Texas Carry, Gun Rights Across America & Open Carry Texas Joint Statement on Open Carry of Long Arms

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Texas - -(Ammoland.com)- Over the past year, our members have done what no other organization has been able to do – put open carry at the forefront of the fight to restore gun rights for all Texans.

As we have grown, we have had to adjust our efforts based on lessons learned through hundreds of open carry events, big and small.

Looking back, it has become clear that there is one area in which we have gotten the most resistance and suffered the largest setbacks: open carry of long arms into private businesses. This is not a new phenomenon. Early on, because of our efforts, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) sent a message to all TABC licensees warning them about allowing our members to open carry into their businesses. This resulted in places like Smashburger asking us to leave our guns at home. Since then, Starbucks, Wendy’s, Jack In The Box, Applebees and most recently, Chipotle have come out asking we not carry our firearms into their establishments.

Whereas, our mission is to get open carry of handguns passed in Texas, we must once again adjust in a way that shines a positive light on our efforts, our members, and our respective organizations. We have decided the prudent path, to further our goals, is to immediately cease taking long guns into corporate businesses unless invited. Black Powder revolvers have proven to be very effective and align with our legalizing open carry with a handgun. We do understand that not everyone will be able to afford one, but if you can, we are requesting you do so. Almost every leader has gone to Black powder for a reason. It works.

For all further open carry walks with long guns, we are adopting the following unified protocol and general policy to best ensure meeting our respective legislative mission to legalize open carry:

  • 1) Always notify local law enforcement prior to the walk, especially the day of.
  • 2) Carry Flags and signs during your walk to increase awareness.
  • 3) Carry the long gun on a sling, not held.
  • 4) Do not go into corporate businesses without prior permission, preferably not at all.
  • 5) If asked to leave, do so quietly and do not make it a problem.
  • 6) Do not post pics publicly if you do get permission and are able to OC in a cooperate business.
  • 7) Do not go into businesses with TABC signs posted with a long gun (Ever).
  • 8) If at all possible, keep to local small businesses that are 2A friendly.

We ask that members take a step back and make an objective assessment of what we are trying to accomplish and help us to get open carry passed for everyone. We must be willing and able to recognize what works and what doesn’t, but we need your help to make these efforts a success.

It will be very difficult to spin holstered, black powder revolvers into a negative story. This is the goal we are currently striving for, open carry of handguns. We know everyone is working hard for this cause. It is simply time to focus on what has been proven to work. The conversation has shifted from open carry of handguns to rifles in businesses, negating our efforts and distracting us from our mission.

We are winning. Because we are winning, we have come under increased scrutiny by media and politicians. Let’s use that spotlight and make the most positive impact we can! Carry on!

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  • 7 User comments to “Texas Open Carry Groups Joint Statement on Open Carry of Long Arms”

    1. Bill Baker on May 23, 2014 at 3:18 PM said:

      For all the people flaming the open carriers, bloggers and the like who cry how they are ruining gun owners reputations and setting us back years I have 2 points. A) Your only real problem is that if you have to boycott a restaurant you might have to actually stand up for what you believe in, and that would inconvenience your silly little entitled butt. B) Setting us back 20 years might be nice, to the time before everyone started freaking out about things that used to be normal.

    2. HBHTEX on May 24, 2014 at 3:24 AM said:

      @Bill Baker….well put !

    3. For those who might not know, the TABC is the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. A TABC sign designates an alcohol retail facility. When such a facility has a Weapons Warning Sign, it is unlawful to carry a weapon on the premises unless the person is licensed to carry the weapon under the concealed handgun law.

    4. Bob Sadtler on May 24, 2014 at 2:42 PM said:

      You guys are doing a KICKASS job! Keep up the good work!

    5. B.J. Stokes on May 25, 2014 at 12:50 PM said:

      I think people carrying long guns into places of business are hurting the gains we have made. If they really want to help, carry a holstered handgun.
      I sometimes wonder if the people carrying long guns might me anti-gunners carrying out a stealth attack on our rights. Sure wouldn’t put it past them.

    6. John Moore on May 26, 2014 at 7:07 AM said:

      To you folks in TX,

      When notifying the police of your action carying pistols, be sure to speak with the Watch Commander, as oppossed to leaving a message with a dispatcher. Also, give your name and cellular telephone number. Go for it guys!
      http://WWW.THELIBERTYMAN.COM

    7. larry on June 7, 2014 at 3:22 PM said:

      Are you open to African Americans and other minorities carrying open arms? Because we have guns to.

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