Note to open carry advocates: Hitching your wagon to people in banana costumes might not be the look you're going for.
A few days after the holidays, Derek Poe—a Beaumont gun store owner—was arrested for walking around a shopping mall with an AR-15 strapped to his back. While Texas allows for long guns to be openly carried in public, the question about whether or not Poe was committing a crime is more complicated than it might seem.
In a strongly-worded letter, the nation's premiere gun-rights organization called out the activities of Open Carry groups in Texas.
Open carry supporters in Texas have been very active in making their fellow citizens aware of their right to carry long-arm rifles in public—and they took their message to San Antonio Police over the weekend.