Men in compliance with Texas open carry laws arrested at Starbucks

San Antonio, Texas members of Open Carry Texas were placed under non-custodial arrest for openly carrying weapons at a local Starbuck’s coffee shop, even though their display was within Texas law.

Also, Starbucks allows customers to openly carry weapons in their outlets so long as it’s in conformity with state and local law. Texas law allows its citizens to openly carry weapons as long as they’re unloaded — these weapons were, according to KENS Channel 5 News.

So what was the problem?

San Antonio police Chief William McManus explained Texas law also provides that if anyone feels threatened by the open display of weapons, the person carrying can be charged with disorderly conduct.

“It’s a disorderly offense that officers will address accordingly,” McManus said.

A full 23-minute video of the incident was posted on YouTube.

KENS reported:

Police eventually showed up after they received a call from a woman who claimed she was “freaked out” by the display of weapons. Officers approached the men, questioned them about the situation and told the gun holders they needed to leave.

Watch the news coverage, courtesy of KENS:

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29 thoughts on “Men in compliance with Texas open carry laws arrested at Starbucks

  1. Michelle Thompson says:

    I am a Texan an this is ridiculous….Texas has opoen carry laws on the books,Star Bucks allows open carry but then on the other hand if you open carry you can be charged with disorderly conduct…..What the heck is this?You can either open carry or not? Not rocket science here….

  2. Dandydanderoo says:

    If they can’t get you one way they will get you another. Where have we come to???

  3. Sandra Romero says:

    “San Antonio police Chief William McManus explained Texas law also provides that if anyone feels threatened by the open display of weapons, the person carrying CAN be charged with disorderly conduct.” The word is “CAN” not “WILL”. So it was within the purvue of these officers to make the decision as to whether to charge these guys or not. Obviously they chose to charge them, but from what I could see they should not have done so. Hopefully, these guys will go to court and the court will recognize that this was a huge waste of resources. Maybe the law as is currently written will be rewritten.

  4. George Blackshear says:

    Anything that comes out of a city is automatically mentally unarmed and progressively stupid.

    1. Infidel says:

      I come out of a city. I was born and raised in Austin, Texas and you will NOT find a more ardent supporter of our civil rights ESPECIALLY our 2nd Amendment rights. I carry at all times a pocket sized copy of the constitution so that I can inform My fellow citizens and LEO’s about their rights and what can and can’t be done to them under law. So George, please stop with the lumping together or groups because they come from a “certain area” There are enough groups and people that do that already. They are called liberals. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

      1. George Blackshear says:

        So Sorry, I guess you are right, I should have said any liberal coming out of the cities.

  5. Merovee says:

    “…if anyone feels threatened by the open display of weapons, the person carrying can be charged with disorderly conduct.” As I find the San Antonio Police Department threatening they need to arrest themselves and get themselves off the streets immediately.

  6. Jerry says:

    I believe far more people will die from the liberals trying to take away our guns than if they just obeyed the constitution.

  7. tie_banana says:

    “Texas law also provides that if anyone feels threatened by the open
    display of weapons, the person carrying can be charged with disorderly
    conduct.”

    Sounds like a person problem.

  8. conservative constitutionalist says:

    the law most of you are parafrasing contains the phrase ” calculating to cause alarm”. speaking for the open carriers after hearing them Express that they were carrying to educate and not cause alarm the tickets and arrest should have never taken place The Law speaks to the intent of the person in question no intent to cause alarm, no Disorderly conduct.

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