The police are justifying their actions after they charged 3 men who were legally open carrying outside a Texas Starbucks. It is perfectly legal under Texas law to open carry a rifle, as long as it is not loaded.
These 3 men were not breaking any of Texas laws, but after someone complained, the police showed up, an argument with the police followed, and the 3 men were charged with “disorderly conduct”. The cop in the video said it become disorderly conduct when it disturbs the peace, but after watching the video everything seems pretty civil to me.
Good thing these guys shot video of what happened so we can see what actually happens when people exercise their 2nd amendment rights.
So all it takes for someone to be charged with a crime is for someone else to call the police and complain? Doesn’t sound like the legality of open carrying is very concrete if just one anti-gunner can call the cops with a fake complaint of disorderly conduct.
According to KENS-TV:
The 23-minute video was posted the YouTube on Aug. 24. It shows three men sitting outside a San Antonio Starbucks displaying rifles. Several passersby stop and talk to the men. At least one woman stops to take video on her cell phone.
Police eventually showed up after they received a call from a woman who claimed she was “freaked out” by the display of weapons. Officers approached the men, questioned them about the situation and told the gun holders they needed to leave.
The suspects were placed under what’s called a non-custodial arrest, which means they were charged with a crime but were not taken into custody.
If you can be charged for exercising your right, then it’s not much of a right is it? Especially since you can obviously see in the video below that the men were not being disorderly in anyway.
The 23 minute video is a bit long, but I encourage you to watch it so you can draw an opinion yourself if what these men did was illegal or not.