A recent story that was reported by CBSDFW.COM has a lot of people talking. It all started with a vote on an ordinance by the Arlington City Council to ban guns and concealed weapons at public meetings.
The members of the gun rights group Open Carry Tarrant County believe they are the only ones being targeted by this, but they may not be alone due to the ordinance changes.
A second Arlington ban could put heavy restrictions on handing out pamphlets. That’s right! Pamphlets. They are planning to limit freedom of speech.
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We’ve all seen them before. Groups trying to promote their cause. (which includes gun rights advocates). Now some of the leaders in Arlington are saying that the approach by some groups creates ‘hazardous situations’.
Kim Martinez claims she believes in free speech, but says that she was nearly left speechless because of what happened to her recently.
Martinez says that she was approached near Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and handed some ‘information’. Open Carry members walked up to her and tried to hand her a copy of the constitution and literature promoting gun rights.
Recalling her reaction Martinez said, ‘I was just like ‘step away from my car.’ I just looked at them and said ‘No! Back away from my car.’”
She claimed that not only were they carrying pamphlets, some of them had legal guns. Martinez said that members were armed and had their guns displayed openly.
“It scared me. It really scared me,” Martinez said. “I didn’t want them near my car. I didn’t want their gun near my car. I didn’t really want to hear anything they had to say.”
Kory Watkins, with Open Carry Tarrant County, said that, “Nobody just goes to the car waving their gun around.”
Now Arlington council members also want to ban people from passing out literature to drivers in the roadway, but one member voted against the measure. Another vote will take place in May.
Kory said, “For us, it just means we are going to be harassed when we go pass out literature to citizens who mutually agree to want it and call us over.”
As for Kim Martinez, she said she was just glad she didn’t have her kids with her when Open Carry members approached her. “I applaud them for standing up for what they believe in. That’s all our rights and more people should do it.”
Open Carry members say if the ordinance passes in May then they are ready to go to court.