Open Carry groups in Texas to change their tactics

FILE - In this May 29, 2014, file photo, Kory Watkins, front, coordinator for Open Carry Tarrant County, carries his Romanian AK 47 over his shoulder as he and his wife Janie, rear, along with others, gather for a demonstration in Haltom City, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — After the NRA released a statement saying recent Open Carry demonstrations in Texas are not the way to go, the state’s organizations are changing their tactics and said they will no longer take long guns into corporate businesses.

In a joint statement from several Texas gun groups, leaders say they will adjust their efforts based on lessons learned through hundreds of open carry events:

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… We have decided the prudent path, to further our goals is to immediately cease taking long guns into corporate businesses unless invited.

The statement goes on to say that their mission is to get open carry of handguns passed in Texas, so they must readjust “in a way that shines a positive light” on their efforts, their members and their organizations. For all further open carry walks with long guns, the organizations’ leadership said they would adopt the following guidelines:

  • Always notify local law enforcement prior to the walk, especially the day of
  • Carry flags and signs during the walk to increase awareness
  • Carry the long gun on a sling, not held
  • Do not go into corporate businesses without prior permission, preferably not at all
  • If asked to leave, do so quietly and do not make it a problem
  • Do not post pictures publicly if you get permission to Open Carry in a corporate business
  • Do not go into a business with TABC signs posted with a long gun
  • If possible, keep to local small businesses that are 2A friendly

The joint statement was released by CJ Grisham of Open Carry Texas, Terry Holcomb of Texas Carry, Murdoch Pizgotti of Come and Take It-Texas, and Eric Reed of Gun Rights Across America. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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