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Video: Texas Cop Encourages Open Carry Activists

Posted on March 4, 2014

As we’ve noted in previous reports, sometimes things can spin out of control when open carry activists and police officers meet. That was certainly not the case in Austin, Texas, when an officer responded to a call about “suspicious” men openly carrying rifles.

In a video posted on YouTube in January by the activist group Come and Take It Texas, an officer is seen approaching the armed men in a non-aggressive fashion.

“Just checking you guys out,” he says in the video. “I already know the law.”

The officer, which the group identifies as Mark Dale with the Austin Police Department, even jokes with one of the men about his holstered squash. The man said he was openly carrying the squash as a joke because he’s unable to openly carry a pistol in Texas.

“I saw that, I was laughing did you hear me?” the friendly cop says.

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8 thoughts on “Video: Texas Cop Encourages Open Carry Activists

  1. See, this is how America and the police are SUPPOSED to work. Unfortunately the opposite seems much more to be the norm. Cops turning into stormtroopers just because a law-abiding citizen who poses NO threat is carrying a gun.

    We enforce the laws most easily on those who it's easiest to enforce them on. You can't enforce any laws on an Occupier crapping in the street or damaging property but a law abiding citizen exercising his lawful 2nd amendment rights is immediately treated as a criminal.

  2. It depends on the demeanor of the person using his right to "open carry." If he's being belligerent, as is the case with a lot of open carry activists, he's going to attract unwanted attention. Glad to see these guys are being cool about it.

  3. 1 good interaction with cops. 10 *Million* bad interactions. Do the math.

  4. retiredcapt says:

    No, it depends on the reaction to the LEO's words or actions!

  5. I love this cop and his wonderful smile. This is how it should be…good cop knowing the law. Great video.

  6. I’M a retired Officer of 30 years in Ohio, and a member of OATH KEEPERS. I’m all for open carry, but feel carrying long guns is overdoing a little. I would find it a little clumsy while trying to carrying a cup of coffee.

  7. I'm reminded of my late sister-in-law who was brutally raped in her own San Fernando Valley apartment by a young black man. The LA cops suggested she buy a gun and learn how to use it. She never recovered and died an early death.
    After the perp was caught, she was the only one of 3 or 4 other women who dared testify against him.

  8. You were likely trained for weapon retention and as such, you should know that open carry – not unlike folding a few $100.00 bills over your exposed belt – would invite grabs. Most civilians have no idea about maintaining space or retention methods and open carry is just another way to strut. I've carried concealed over 60 years, on three continents and several islands with but one problem (met two girls in Lubeck, Germany who wanted to party, and taking my gun home was not an option. The little Arma Galisi may still rest on the bottom of a Lubeck canal where I threw it) and see absolutely no reason to carry a self-defense weapon openly. When that gun comes out, being ready to shoot is a given. If you're going somewhere to shoot a rifle or returning from the hunt or range, open carry or in a case are about the only options.