Federal judge overturns Arlington ordinance after 'open carry' lawsuit

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Credit: Open Carry Tarrant County

Arlington passed an ordinance that prohibits distribution of brochures at busy street corners. Open Carry Tarrant County claimed that is a free speech violation.

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by MAX B. BAKER

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 11:21 PM

FORT WORTH — A gun-rights group won a victory in court Monday when a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction blocking Arlington from enforcing an ordinance banning pedestrians from handing out materials to motorists on high-traffic streets.

Open Carry Tarrant County and its local coordinator, Kory Watkins, filed a lawsuit against Arlington in May, claiming that the city’s sidewalk ordinance violates the group’s First Amendment rights of free speech after they say they were unfairly prevented from handing out literature and pocket-sized copies of the U.S. Constitution during demonstrations along some busy streets.

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