Tense moments in Texas Capitol when open carry advocates confront Dem lawmaker


While it’s debatable just how much it helps their cause, some open carry advocates in Texas continue to pursue aggressive tactics in support of the right to bear arms — much to the chagrin of at least one Democratic state lawmaker.

Members of the group Open Carry Tarrant County were in the Texas Capitol on Tuesday advocating for a bill that would undo a 125-year ban on the open carry of handguns when they visited the office of state Rep. Poncho Nevarez, D-Eagle Pass, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Group leader Kory Watkins recorded the visit, posting it on Facebook and YouTube.

As can be seen in the video, things quickly became tense when the activists start calling Nevarez “a tyrant to the Constitution.”

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“You won’t be here very long, bro,” Watkins can be heard saying behind the camera.

Initially, Nevarez was calmly sitting on a sofa, but he became agitated after repeatedly being called a tyrant. He eventually stood up, told an aide to call security and walked to the office entrance.

“Out of my office,” the Democrat said to the group. “That’s enough, it was fun for a while. Let’s go.”

“I’m asking you to leave my office,” Nevarez tells Watkins as he continued to record.

“I’m asking you to leave my state,” Watkins replied as he slowly make his way out.

Watch the full exchange here via facebook: 

Post by Kory Watkins.


Open carry advocate CJ Grisham, who heads Open Carry Texas, took to Facebook to denounced the actions of Watkins’ group.

“I am so pissed at the actions of people today inside the Capitol,” he wrote. “Totally counterproductive and unprofessional. We might as well beat our heads against a wall. It’s just as effective.”

On Wednesday, the Texas House approved the installation of panic buttons and guidelines to eject hostile visitors from member’s offices, the Chronicle reported.

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