Another showdown between open carry advocates and the men and women in blue has folks talking.
This latest confrontation happened down in Houston, Texas, where a member of Open Carry Texas (OCT) was detained, handcuffed and placed in the back of a patrol car after being stopped by officers with the Houston Police Department.
The OCT member was carrying an AR-15 when he was stopped by the officer, who apparently was responding to a call about a man wearing a kilt and carrying a rifle.
“Do you have ID on you,” the officer asked in the video. “No. So, how am I supposed to know whether or not you’re a felon?”
Frustrated by the OCT member’s response about not “consenting to questioning,” the officer refers to Second Amendment as “constitutional crap” and “constitutional bull****.”
Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland told KHOU that the department will now be investigating the incident.
Meanwhile, OCT leaders are not happy with the way in which police are responding to their demonstrations.
“Open Carry Texas demands that Houston Police Officers cease their harassment of law abiding Texans,” OCT President CJ Grisham said in a statement on Facebook.
“Further, dispatchers need to be better trained to ask follow up questions of citizens making calls for service. It doesn’t take much effort to determine the difference between an open carry advocate and a criminal. ‘Is the individual pointing a gun at anyone?’ ‘Is the individual carrying the gun in his hands?’ ‘Is the individual acting suspicious in any way other than just having the firearm?’ ‘In what way?’” Grisham continued.
“These simple follow-up questions will prevent a needless diversion of public resources to areas where they are needed most,” he concluded.