Open Carry to Conduct Walk in Liberty

LIBERTY, July 17, 2014 –The Open Carry Texas (OCT), Liberty County Chapter, has informed the Liberty Police Department that they will be conducting an open carry walk on July 26, 2014, at 10:00 am, in Liberty. The walk will be from Jefferson and Main to the Courthouse and then back to Jefferson and Main.

Open Carry groups have been conducting these walks nationwide to demonstrate their Second Amendment right to own weapons. The OCT members have indicated they will be carrying long guns, meaning rifles and shotguns, and possibly some black powder pistols which, in Texas, are exempt from the Concealed Carry law provided they meet certain restrictions. For clarification, there is no permit required in Texas for carrying rifles, shotguns, and qualifying black powder pistols, as long as they are not fully automatic and meet barrel and overall length requirements.
Pointing any weapon at another person is a violation of law. Also, a person who “displays a firearm or other deadly weapon in a public place in a manner calculated to alarm others” can be charged with Disorderly Conduct. (Penal Code, Section 42.01). For these reasons, the members normally carry their rifles or shotguns with a sling and the gun across their back. This prevents them from holding the gun in a manner that would allow pointing it at someone, and holding it in a manner that might alarm others.

The members have also indicated they might like to walk through a local business on their route and are aware they cannot do so without the permission of the owner. Businesses are not obligated to allow persons with long guns into their business.

The Liberty Police Department is unwavering in its commitment to defend the Constitution of the United States and the rights of all persons. LPD is also sworn to protect all persons through the enforcement of violation of the laws of the State of Texas and the Ordinances of the City of Liberty.

LPD fully expects that the Open Carry Texas members will obey all laws and their walk will be conducted without incident or illegal actions on their part or the part of any other citizen. However, LPD is also prepared to respond fully to any acts by any person that would constitute a violation of the law.





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