After Making National Headlines Group Promises “Greatest Open Carry” Rally Ever Seen

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Open Carry Tarrant County has made the headlines quite a bit lately for the reactions to its demonstrations — and now they are planning the “The Greatest Open Carry That Tarrant County Has Ever Seen.” Even the New York Times covered them in its May 9th “Gun Report” after a story that Jack in the Box employees hid in a freezer after seeing gun-wielding patrons.  

It was later confirmed by a Jack in the Box spokesperson that no employees had locked themselves in the freezer in fear of the openly brandished weapons.

The Vice President of Corporate Communications for Jack in the Box, Brian Luscomb, also said in a statement that the company will be enforcing its no guns policies at all of its corporate-owned locations including the store in Fort Worth where the incident took place.

More below the jump…Mom's Demand Action has been behind many high profile efforts to enact gun safety measures, including partnering with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, so after they pushed the “freezer” story open carry advocates have been on the attack, but all of the original reporting, including by the Dallas Morning News, stated that information actually came from an email sent by Sgt. Raymond Bush of the Fort Worth Police Department.

In a press release Open Carry Texas says they plan to release the 911 tape after it has been scrubbed of identifying information, although, the Tarrant County group was recently chastised for publicising another concerned citizens phone number for calling authorities — her number was later disconnected after she received unsolicited calls herself.

The original “freezer” story made many national headlines for the obvious sensational reasons but it was also reported that Open Carry Texas had ended its official affiliation with the Tarrant County group responsible citing differences in strategy. The Tarrant County group had been holding demonstrations without giving a courtesy call to local authorities, something that reportedly violated the groups bylaws. Then on May 9 the statewide organization tweeted, “The media can twist their interviews all they want. We support @OpenCarryTC.”

So the saga continues and according to Open Carry Tarrant — so will the demonstrations.

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Joe Deshotel

Joe was born and raised in Beaumont, Tx, but live music and politics brought him to Austin. He has worked in and around government and elections for over a decade including for a member of US Congress, the Texas Legislature, the Mayor of Austin. He currently serves as Communications Director for the Travis County Democratic Party. He is most interested in transportation, energy and technology issues. He also likes Texas Hold'em and commuting on his electric skateboard. Follow me on Twitter at @joethepleb.

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