Open Carry Texas begins Gregg County chapter, holds first march

Gregg Co. group marches for open carry laws

LONGVIEW (KYTX) - Walking up and down one of the busiest stretches of road in Longview, Gregg County's Open Carry Texas group held its first march, and members openly carried rifles and shotguns around their shoulders.

Founding Member Bart Holland says the group wants fewer restrictions when it comes to carrying guns.

"It's really our right. We shouldn't have to have a permit in the first place," Holland said. "It's guaranteed by the constitution." 

The group handed out pamphlets to drivers who stopped, and waved to those who honked in support.

"It's just to get people used to seeing people carrying guns," Holland said.

Holland says with shootings, robberies at gun point and other violent crimes happening around Gregg County in April alone, he has a big responsibility.

"I have a family with three small children, and it's my job to protect them," he said.

The group hasn't scheduled its next march, but says the plan is to do it at least once a month.


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