Good on Open Carry Texas for setting things right. You can find the statement here:
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:
- Always notify local law enforcement prior to the walk, especially the day of.
- Carry Flags and signs during your 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 pics publicly if you do get permission and are able to OC in a cooperate business.
- Do not go into businesses with TABC signs posted with a long gun (Ever).
- If at all possible, keep to local small businesses that are 2A friendly.
I think if people follow these new guidelines, we won’t have any problems form here on out. I still question the value of the overall tactic, but I’m mostly concerned about stopping the bleeding, and I think this should accomplish that. Now hopefully people will listen.
I’d also note that any time I offer criticism of other gun rights advocates or groups, there’s always one or two people who try to argue that arguing with each other is counterproductive, and only helps the antis. I agree that can sometimes be the case with petty bickering, but in cases where tactics put theÂ image of the movement is at risk, and our opponents become energized and emboldened, I think it’s important to speak out. This shows that speaking out can work. Shame is a powerful motivator.
Hat Tip to Bob Owens, who notes this probably won’t be good news for Shannon Watts.