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Gun advocate group plans to rally at Alamo next month
SAN ANTONIO -- The group Open Carry Texas plans to host a rally Saturday October 19th in front of the Alamo.
"I think there's a big misconception that people think that we're doing this kinda in your face type of thing but we're not", said Scott Smith, a senior member of the group.
Smith says the groups mission is to educate people about their second amendment rights and have them feel more comfortable with firearms.
"What we're trying to do is educate the public and let them know that fire arms and those big black AR 15's that everybody is always talking about the assault weapons are not bad", added Smith.
Smith was arrested by DPS Troopers last Friday after standing outside the state capitol with his two guns, an antique pistol and an AR 15.
"They were letting me know that according to them, they were alarmed by my presence, and the fact that I had a '44 pistol on my hip", added Smith.
Smith says he was illegally arrested and well within his rights.
"I guess I could have left, but I felt that my rights were being violated, and that I wasn't doing anything illegal so I chose to stay", he added.
Smith was charged with disorderly conduct and is appealing the charge against him.
Last month several other members of Open Carry Texas were cited for disorderly conduct after sitting outside a San Antonio Starbucks with unloaded rifles.
"This isn't about violating people's rights, it's not about gun control, it's not about politics, it's about the state law", said San Antonio Police Chief William McManus.
McManus says officers are just following the law. "If the firearm is carried in a manner calculated to cause alarm, in the officers opinion at the Starbucks this was the case and that's why those people were cited", added Chief McManus
On Saturday October 19th members of Open Carry Texas plan to stand outside the Alamo with their guns. The event is scheduled from 10 am until 2 pm.
"People have gotten so scared of the whole assault weapon thing and we're trying to change that", added Smith.
The group also plans to hand out pamphlets.