Second amendment advocates talk 'open carry' at Freedom Friday rally

It was a very windy day at the State Capitol but "Freedom Friday" still drew a crowd.

"We are here because we are sick and tired of our leaders, the ones in the pink dome behind me ignoring the wishes of the people of Texas," said organizer Doc Greene.

Some of the attendees were there to support secession from the Union, others are hoping to -- as one man's sign said -- "seal the border."

Organizer Doc Greene, host of an internet show on ragingelephantsradio.com says the rally was about more than just the second amendment but that doesn't mean open carry wasn't a hot topic. He's pleased the governor is on board -- but wishes it was constitutional carry or unlicensed open carry Abbott signs into law.

"If he signs licensed open carry and a lot of people think that's what we're going to get, it's better than what we had. But it's not going far enough," Greene said.

The Senate version of the open carry bill is headed for the Senate floor for discussion. Democratic House Representative Garnet Coleman who is hoping to repeal the "Stand Your Ground" law is also not a fan of open carry.

"I do believe that if certain individuals start carrying weapons and it creates fear in communities, others will start carrying weapons if they feel threatened by individuals walking around with guns," Coleman said.

Also among the speakers at Freedom Friday, Christine Weick. She's the one that grabbed the mic at Muslim Capitol Day last month. Here's why she did it.

"Millions of immigrants have come into this country and have acclimated to the laws. They have been good enough for all these generations. Why now a race of people that come in with this religion that says that we are not good enough, we now want something else," Weick said.

Saturday brings another gun rights event at the Capitol, the Guns Across America 3 Rally.

The group will be demanding open carry, gun free zones and campus carry.

Doc Greene says he'll be hosting another event on Sunday as well.

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