Open Carry March in Andrews Continues to Grow 02/15/14
CBS 7 News
February 15, 2014
ANDREWS—If you live in the City of Andrews you may have noticed a large group of gun activists marching down Main St. today.
The organization, Come and Take It Texas (CATI), held their third Open Carry March hoping to educate the community on their rights to bear arms.
Over 80 people participated in today’s event, doubling the numbers from the group’s previous marches. It was the arrest of two veterans that brought CATI to Andrews.
Back in November, Joey Posey, a resident of Andrews, was arrested for openly carrying his rifle.
“I was never approached in a calm matter, you know. What I was doing was perfectly legal, it was not illegal,” Posey said.
Then on January 22, another resident was arrested for the exact same act.
Because of the two arrests, which the group refers to as “wrongful arrests,” open carry marches will be held on a monthly basis.
“It’s our constitutional right to be able to carry our firearms and we want to make sure it’s legal to do so however a person chooses to do it,” says James Franklin, the President of the Midland/Odessa CATI chapter.
Texas is only one out of the five states that allow people to open carry long arms, including rifles and shotguns.
During today’s march, a local restaurant allowed participants to go inside wearing their guns across their backs, drivers honked and waved to show their support as activists walked down Main St.
“We want to establish Texas as a bulwark of freedom to maintain our constitutional rights here in this state, if nowhere else,” Franklin says.
Police Chief Bud Jones was asked to comment on the arrests of the two veterans, but he was unable to provide details on the matter due to the on going litigations.
The organization has uploaded numerous video and audio recordings of arrests and interactions with police officers from Andrews on their website: http://comeandtakeitamerica.com/2014/01/30/texas-veterans-illegally-arrested-guns-confiscated/.