Open Carry Advocates Win in Court, Will Celebrate by Freaking Out Kids at Six Flags

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Kory Watkins and his Open Carry Tarrant County group won an injunction against Arlington.
According to Arlington law, demonstrators can't hand out literature to drivers who are not parked. It would seem, then, that distributing anything -- even pocket copies of the U.S. Constitution -- at busy intersections is out of the question. But earlier this year, that's exactly what members of Open Carry Tarrant County did -- and they did it with long guns strapped to their shoulders.

Police responded and, with armed men yelling at them, ticketed two members. Arlington responded, adding a few lines to its original law making it more difficult for demonstrators to distribute pamphlets. The OCTC guys said this violated their First Amendment rights, so they sued Arlington in late May. And yesterday the group won a temporary victory.

A federal judge on Monday ordered Arlington to not enforce its law banning pamphlet-distribution while the suit is pending. In his ruling, the judge wrote that Arlington streets are traditional public forums and protected by the First Amendment. OCTC's "attempts to distribute copies of the Constitution and gun rights literature on Arlington's streets and sidewalks is 'precisely the kind of speech in precisely the kind of place that the First Amendment aims to protect most,'" the judge wrote, quoting a previous ruling about the KKK's ability to demonstrate in a public place.

The judge also wrote that Arlington's argument about the law maintaining public safety was not enough of a significant government interest to limit free speech in a public forum, such as a sidewalk next to a busy intersection.

The group, understandably, is happy and has plans to celebrate. They wrote on their Facebook page: "In recognition of [Monday's] ruling, Open Carry Tarrant County will hold an event this Thursday in Arlington at 6 p.m. The group will convene at the Home Depot on Road to Six Flags. We will then walk to the corner of Collins and Road to Six Flags."


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kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

"Kerg's for Plano" we are all for the public presentation and right to display Chicken Parm in public. 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

The Open Carry people may as well wear shirts that say "I have small privates" on the front, and "I like being alone' on the back; well, atleast they have each other!


I think I am going to Hawaiian Falls today with all my guns, and gun buddies and rally for "Merca", err, Texas. 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

The Open Carry people may as well wear shirts that say "I have small privates" on the front, and "I like being alone' on the back; well, atleast they have each other!


I think I am going to Hawaiian Falls today with all my guns, and gun buddies and rally for "Merca", err, Texas. 


ps-I love the irrational fear that these people have that a hostile takeover is imminent.......and aliens are also running the government; and unicorns are real. 


Got a gun, ok, march around your double wide with it, and scare your own damn kids....but you better get to work, cause you own that ex wife a whole lot of cashola. 


Can you imagine these guys during hunting season, and you get like 30 guys in a deer camp, and add booze- sounds like fun!

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

These guys want to help in Arlington? Put em in the ATT stands. Maybe we'd get better blocking and pass coverage.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

If you can't frighten small children and their moms, what's the point of carrying a gun?

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

"..Will Celebrate by Freaking Out Kids at Six Flags"  does not jive with "The group will convene at the Home Depot on Road to Six Flags. We will then walk to the corner of Collins and Road to Six Flags."

Unless the line to get into Six Flags is even longer than usual. The 'event' never even gets to where you can see the parking lots for Six Flags.

.... and now I see others beat me to the punch.

bradjohnson774
bradjohnson774

Can't tell if your headline means you're geographically ignorant or just a liar.

Greg820
Greg820

I can personally attest that open carry of a guitar is a lot more fun and the fellow carriers you meet are a lot more interesting.

TheRuddSki
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@bradjohnson

They'd have a helluva walk if their plan was to terrorize Six Flags.

wcvemail
wcvemail

@Greg820


Next time at a guitar open carry, I'm bringing out my Jumbo Tacoma Thunderchief acoustic-elec bass -- only four strings, but I don't need those extended magazines to get the job done. And it's big! Bigger is better! Be envious! But don't hate - it's just who I am.

Also, no fedora will sully this head.

TheRuddSki
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@ColonelAngus

I meant just the white babies, of course.

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