Open Carry Texas Holds Howard County's First Meet and Greet

Open Carry Texas Holds Howard County's First Meet and Greet

by Justin Kree

NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - The rain was falling in Big Spring on Saturday morning but when the group Open Carry Texas planned to hold a peaceful demonstration in the city, a little rain couldn't stop them. Which was the first meet and greet in Howard County.

"We have a saying in OCT, 'that rain or shine, we're going to hold the line,'" CJ Grisham, President of Open Carry Texas, said.

The focus on Saturday was to educate the public about the importance of the constitution.

"Freedom of press, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom to right to bear arms. Now, Open Carry Texas is advocating for constitutional carry in Texas," Open Carry Texas - Howard County Coordinator, Travis Kuenstler, said.

Kuenstler believes it wont be long before Austin passes constitutional carry.

"I'd say foreseeable in a few months. We've made some great strides. There's men here who have been advocating for this for quite sometime," Kuenstler said.

Big Spring welcomed this educational, peaceful demonstration.

"We've received a lot of support from the local community through donations and sponsorships and volunteers," Kuenstler said.

The guest speaker list was long but important. Richard Mack was an Arizona Sheriff when he became famous for suing the Federal Government in 1997 over provisions to the Brady Act were unconstitutional. Mack won in a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling. He has since wrote books on gun control.

"I think it's important to stand for freedom no matter if it's a little town like Big Spring, Texas, or a huge town called Washington, D.C. If we don't do something right away, we're going to lose America," Mack said 

Residents of Big Spring came out to promote their second amendment right.

"It's about your right under the constitution. It's not a law that requires permission. This is a right you have, a God given right," Smith said.

If you would like to know more about Open Carry Texas, you can visit their website at