Joint Statement on OC of Long Arms


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Come and Take It Texas, Texas Carry, Gun Rights Across America and Open Carry Texas Joint Statement on OC of Long Arms

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 goal of 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!

CJ Grisham -Open Carry Texas

Terry Holcomb, Sr -Texas Carry

Murdoch Pizgotti – Come And Take It – Texas

Eric Reed – Gun Rights Across America

43 thoughts on “Joint Statement on OC of Long Arms

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    1. OCTexas Post author

      Fred, you obviously know NOTHING about the law. The law does not create a crime because you are so emotionally unstable that the sight of gun scares you. The law creates a crime if the gun carried in a manner ‘CALCULATED’ to cause that alarm. In other words, if the gun is pointed at your or waved in a threatening manner. Nice try, though.

      1. Axon

        The language is “displays a firearm or other deadly weapon in a public place in a manner calculated to alarm”. Who makes the decision what constitutes what is calculated? Probably the responding officer or officers. If the complainant(s) seem more credible than the suspects Fred may be right.

      2. OCTexas Post author

        It doesn’t matter who makes the decision, but EVERY time the officer and the state must PROVE that the INTENT of the accused was CALCULATED to alarm. Good luck with that.

      3. Axon

        Good luck with what, OCTexas? Simply pointing out that the issue may be more complex than it appears. If the responding officer(s) decide the suspect(s) were indeed attempting to alarm or intimidate and the judge agrees the suspects would be screwed. Or at least in for a protracted court battle.

  4. Sonja

    It’s sad to see grown men incapable of eating in a fast food restaurant or using a restroom unless they have a high powered rifle at their side.

  5. Joseph T. Dannenfarb

    We don’t let people smoke in restaurants, why should we let them carry guns? When I go out to eat, I want to enjoy my meal, not watch a bunch of guys parade around carrying rifles. Grow up and get some sense.

    1. OCTexas Post author

      Because smoking directly affects the health of people while carrying firearms protects it. If you don’t want to “watch a bunch of guys” don’t look at them. It’s that easy.

      1. mattand

        You know what else directly affects your health? Getting shot by some wannabe Rambo because you accidentally bumped into him on the way to your table because he felt “threatened.”

      2. mattand

        LOL, and you’re in a fantasy world where you think that all open carry advocates are responsible adults who would never do something stupid with their weapon.

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  8. Ted Nugget

    If you clowns show up at my place of business, be prepared to use your weapons, because you’ll be on my turf, my “commercial homestead” and I will open fire on your regressed, redneck, neanderthal asses.

    1. OCTexas Post author

      Sounds like YOU are the true threat that should be disarmed. To shoot on peaceful, law abiding citizens is a criminal action and you probably should seek mental evaluation. Thank goodness there isn’t a mental capability test for owning guns huh?

      1. Rebecca Wittman

        “To shoot on peaceful, law abiding citizens is a criminal action”. . .Tell that to Trayvon Martin. I hope the stand your ground law gets turned on some of you nut jobs. Maybe you have never been to another country, one where armed men parade around and intimidate everyone. I have and it is really, really, really unnerving. Leave your guns at home — you can stroke them there all you want.

      2. OCTexas Post author

        Trayvon Martin is an example of what happens to thugs when they assault law abiding citizens who arm themselves for self defense.

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  13. ardiva

    No matter…this still alarms me, and I’m live in open-carry Alaska where our citizens don’t do these kind of things.

      1. astra

        Except that my right to exist (read: not get shot at) is entirely dependent on the unevaluated emotional instability of any goon with an open carry rifle? Yay, can’t wait to enjoy my next dinner out at Chili’s.

      2. OCTexas Post author

        Your right to exist is not threatened by law abiding gun owners. Your irrational emotional instability does not trump our right to self defense. I also have a right to not be shot at, so I carry a gun to ensure that doesn’t happen.

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  19. Mark

    “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….”

    You morons. If this is not a new phenomenon and if you already knew that that the public hates and fears people who invade their eating places with guns, why did you make such a big fuss over Chipotle’s gun banning policy?

    Next time more thinking things through and less knee jerking would help you look less of a fool than you normally appear. Good luck.

  20. Ema Nymton

    You gutless cowards give responsible gun owners a bad name. If you were really serious about your ideals, you’d go open carry your security blankets in a bank instead of a restaurant.

    1. OCTexas Post author

      Are you saying you would be okay with us carrying a gun in a bank? Because if you are, you’re a hypocrite. If you’re not, you’re a liar.

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    1. OCTexas Post author

      Awww…aren’t you so cute?! Learning new words that your mom and dad told you all your life is fun. You almost even made a complete sentence, but don’t forget the punctuation. That’s vitally important!


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