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Local Ordinance Repeals Stir Open Carry Debate In San Antonio

Ryan Poppe/Texas Public Radio
CJ Grisham (center left) founder and president of Open Carry Texas at the Texas State Capitol in 2016. Grisham was stunned with a Taser and injured during an arrest by Olmos Park Police in March 2018.

This week, city councils in Hollywood Park and Alamo Heights repealed firearm ordinances which ran contrary to the Texas open carry law.

Previous rules prohibited open carry of loaded rifles and shotguns in public streets, with the exception of authorized police officers. 

The City of Olmos Park repealed a similar ordinance last week, after heated encounters with local law enforcement led to the arrest of at least three gun rights activists, includingOpen Carry Texas founder CJ Grisham. 

More than 250 gun rights advocates are expected to hit the streets of Olmos Park in demonstration this Saturday.

How is the Second Amendment being discussed in the community? How do local issues fit into the nationwide debate on guns? 

Guest: Rick Briscoe, legislative director for Open Carry Texas

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