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Open carry march aims to draw attention to gun laws in Texas

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While the sight of a group of people openly carrying long guns, rifles and a few with handguns did prompt a few calls to police, there were no incidents. While the sight of a group of people openly carrying long guns, rifles and a few with handguns did prompt a few calls to police, there were no incidents.
TEXARKANA, TX (KSLA) -

Participants in a peaceful march in Texarkana and Nash Saturday aimed to educate Texans about open carry laws in the state.

While the sight of a group of people openly carrying long guns, rifles and a few with handguns did prompt a few calls to police, there were no incidents.

"We are out here trying to educate people about their rights," explained Conly Hennegin, with the Texarkana chapter of Open Carry Texas. Open Carry Texas (OCT) is an organization dedicated to the safe and legal carry of firearms openly in the State of Texas in accordance with the United States and Texas constitutions and applicable laws.
    
Texas law permits the carrying of such weapons if they are not pointed at another person are waived in a threatening manner. This law does not apply to people convicted of certain crimes or minors under the age of 18 without a parent present.

"We are trying to get less restrictive handgun laws passed," says Hennegin. "We feel if you have to have a permit it is no longer a right, but a privilege."

Organizers for the march said their weapons were not loaded. They are hoping the next Texas legislature will approve an open carry law for handguns.

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