Gun group cancels rally

May 10, 2014

The representative from Open Carry Texas-Hood County who had scheduled a May 17 noon rally in downtown Granbury has canceled the event.

“I had a negative reaction from shop owners on the square,” said Randy Shelton, a Hood County man who is county coordinator for Hood, Somervell, Bosque and Hamilton counties for Open Carry Texas (OCT).

“With that in mind, I came to realize that the way this was put together was all wrong, and I decided we need to shift to legislative and educational opportunities.”

Texas law allows for concealed handguns for those with a valid state-issued license. However, Texas is one of only six states that has a law banning the “open carry” of handguns in public areas.

Shelton contends that open carry laws actually can reduce crime rates.

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