‘Open carry’ supporters vow legal action after Arlington rebuke
ARLINGTON — There was heavy police presence outside Arlington City Hall again Tuesday night, where “open carry” looked on as the City Council approved an amended ordinance banning pedestrians from handing out literature to motorists.
Open Carry Tarrant County often distributes copies of the U.S. Constitution. The ordinance applies only to certain busy streets.
Advocates for openly carrying firearms say Arlington is violating their First Amendment rights.
Mayor Robert Cluck said it’s purely a public safety issue. SOURCE
I have to agree with Mayor Cluck; this IS a *safety issue*, and it’s NOT a gun safety issue or denial of gun rights issue. It’s about keeping pedestrians out of busy streets and from getting run over and killed or injured handing out OCT literature.
Before I go ANY further I want to make this point abundantly clear and understood; I am a gun owner, I carry a gun everywhere I go but because of the weather here in Texas I am forced to be rather *creative* at times in the way I conceal a weapon or in my choice of what weapon to carry, you see, it is just too damned HOT during the Texas summer to wear a concealment garment.
For that very reason I am also a proponent of OPEN CARRY, but with a few caveats.
1. A person that wishes to carry openly must be fully vetted for criminal background.
2. A person that wishes to carry openly must be deemed mentally sound.
3. A person that wishes to carry openly must be well trained and properly certified.
4. A person that wishes to carry openly must be a holder of a valid CHL.
5. A person that wishes to carry openly must periodically exhibit proper skills and ability by going through a recertification process. (Police Officers have to requalify)
These are just MY beliefs, I am not saying that they should become law, and I know that there will be many that believe that anyone big enough to strap on a gun should be allowed to carry, openly or concealed.
This is, at least to me, not about stopping a person from carrying a gun, it’s about making damned sure that said person is trained, fit, stable and capable.
I wouldn’t want to be driving the roads of this nation with people that aren’t tested and licensed to operate a motor vehicle, but I am not so naïve to think that those individuals aren’t out there.
It’s the exact same thing with guns.
I recently had an opportunity to meet some of the Open Carry Texas folks when they staged a protest, or *informational march* here in Rowlett. I went over and introduced myself and made them aware that I was the founder of The United States Gun Owners Association page on Facebook and I extended them an invitation to join us in hopes that we could help them in achieving a common goal; open carry here in Texas.
That turned out to be a terrible mistake; you see, I am also the founder of The Thin Blue Line - Coast to Coast page on Facebook as well. That is a Police tribute site, informational page and all around place for Officers to share stories and humor.
It turns out that nearly all of the Open Carry Texas people that came to the USGOA site were anti-Police in every way. They have all since been banned from the USGOA.
It seems to me that Open Carry Texas has a set of internal issues all their own.
Open Carry Texas, the statewide organization that spawned Open Carry Tarrant County, cut ties with the local group last week because of a disagreement on how their signature protests are carried out.
Just a word of advice; these types of internal fractures are what drove some TEA Party sites to dissolve. Just a thought.
I talked at length with C.J. Grisham, the founder of OCT, and I have to say, he is a well-spoken individual and he personally made no disparaging remarks against Law Officers, but the same just can’t be said for some his followers.
If a leader can’t lead, and control his group, he’s not going to have a viable group to lead in a very short time. It’s all about *message* and *presentation*. Don’t have your people showing up to march or protest dressed like the guys from Duck Dynasty or a bunch of homeless people. Don’t allow them to show up with pit bull dogs on chains.
Work with Texas law makers and your local Police if they are willing and if you can get your members to stop making anti-Police remarks a part of their every word.
This is a battle for the public trust and you should know that there are a great many in Texas that will stand against you simply because of their Liberal mind-set, but there will also be many that will stand against you if you’re less than professional in your presentation and seek to gain your way to open carry in an unprofessional manner.
Again; I am just offering a few thoughts and a few points to ponder, the ultimate decision is yours, but from what I have seen of the membership of OCT in general, I just can’t support your current effort.