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Hundreds show up for Longview Open Carry March

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TYLER (KYTX) - More than 200 rifle toting Texans came together in Longview Saturday for an open carry march. The march was organized by Open Carry Tyler. Those that showed up for the peaceful march told CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey they are observing their right.

Adults and kids came out with their rifles in tow.

"Our rights have been respected. We're exercising those rights as free men. And we're going to walk that way today...for liberty," said one of the event organizers Stephen Lee.

After a short safety briefing, the march began with flags leading the way.

"Hopefully this will encourage others to take part and not only turn out but get involved and be active and help us maintain the rights that we've enjoyed in this country," said one of the march participants David Nix. 

Nix was one of over 200 that showed up for the march to practice his right to carry his gun in public. It's something marchers say is often violated.

Lee said, "We knew if we did it alone, it'd be too dangerous… So we had to get enough people on our side , united in liberty so that it would no longer be dangerous...and that's where all you guys come into play."  

He is referring to an instance when he was told by police that if he were to walk around a public location with his rifle, he would be treated as a terrorist.

He said, through this march he hopes more people including officers will recognize that it is legal.

Randy Butler, typically uses his rifle for hunting and if necessary self defense, but for the march he's carrying to practice a right.

"Event's like this is just a reminder to people that you do have rights and they may not be expressed everyday but they still need to be protected," said Butler.


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