Supporters of open carry laws aim to promote gun rights with march

Bianca Montes By Bianca Montes

March 27, 2014 at 10:05 p.m.
Updated March 27, 2014 at 10:28 p.m.

If you see a group of people walking down North Navarro Street on Sunday - rifles in tow - don't be alarmed.

Victoria members of Open Carry Texas, an organization dedicated to the safe and legal carry of firearms, will gather at 2 p.m. at the Sam's Club parking lot, 9202 N. Navarro St., and then walk south on Navarro.

Board member Justin Reiley, 39, of Schroeder, said he wants to raise awareness about gun rights and "condition people to seeing open carried guns, so it doesn't scare them or alarm them."

The organization has 34 chapters across Texas, and members from Corpus Christi will attend Sunday's march.

"We're hoping we have a good reaction and maybe inform some people on the rights we have," Reiley said.

Victoria Police Chief J.J. Craig said he and the department are aware of the march and said the group has the right to peacefully assemble and demonstrate.

As long as members don't walk in the streets or block the sidewalk, Craig said, the march is legal. Openly carrying and displaying guns that do not fall under the Texas Penal Code's definition of a firearm is also permitted - that includes rifles and pre-1899 black powder or replica antique guns.



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