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.
TXDOT, which holds the trademark to the circa-1985 antilittering slogan, has issued over 100 cease-and-desist letters to companies using the slogan since 2000. Somehow, all of these slipped through the cracks.
A controversial rally by the Open Carry Texas group in an historically African-American neighborhood was rejected by community leaders, leading to an indefinite postponement.