Dozens of Texans rally to support their Second Amendment rights

Dozens of Texans rally to support their Second Amendment rights

Credit: Jeremy Baker / KENS 5

SAN ANTONIO -- Dozens of Texans, armed with their guns, came together in support of their second amendment right. They did this in front of the San Antonio Police Department's Westside Substation just one week after a local man said he was arrested for exercising his right to carry a loaded firearm.

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by JEREMY BAKER

KENS 5 San Antonio

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 10:59 AM

SAN ANTONIO -- Dozens of Texans, armed with their guns, came together in support of their Second Amendment rights Sunday.

It happened in front of the San Antonio Police Department's Westside Substation, just one week after a local man said he was arrested for exercising his right to carry a loaded firearm.

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects the rights of individuals to keep and bear arms. That's what Henry Vichique says he was doing last Sunday night, before police saw his weapon as a threat.

Vichique used his cellphone to record the moment when police used a taser on him before taking him into custody.

Early Sunday afternoon, gun owners from cities across the state gathered in San Antonio to bring attention to the cloudy issue of open carry laws.

CJ Grisham of Open Carry Texas says there is a big problem with a current city ordinance.

"San Antonio is the only city that we've encountered, that we found, that has an ordinance that violates the state law about how you can keep firearms loaded," Grisham said.

The city ordinance states:

"It shall be unlawful for any person, other than duly authorized peace officers, to carry a loaded rifle or shotgun on any public street within the city or in a motor vehicle while the same is being operated on any public street within the city.”

Grisham says San Antonio's ordinance violates Texas law:

"A municipality may not adopt regulations relating to the transfer, private ownership, keeping, transportation, licensing, or registration of firearms, airguns, ammunition, or firearm or air gun supplies."

Vichique says San Antonio police misinterpreted the state law last Sunday when they placed him under arrest. 

"I did not do anything wrong, so they had no reason to force me down and remove my sense of protection," Vichique said. 

After hearing about what happened to Vichique, Open Carry Texas and about 100 people showed up at SAPD's substation to rally support for Vichique. 

"We were fully prepared to come out here and except 70 tickets for violating the city ordinance. If that's what we've got to do to get it changed, that's what we've got to do," Grisham said. "This is not something that should be happening in America, and this is not something that should be happening in Texas."

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