ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Members of Open Carry Tarrant County have taken their fight against the City of Arlington to court, to challenge the city’s new ordinance that prevents them from passing out literature with their guns in plain view.
A federal judge heard arguments from both sides on Monday morning, where Arlington city attorneys were trying to prove the ordinance, which was amended in May, was an effort to make it safer both for drivers and people who want to hand out information to them.
With the changes to the city law, Open Carry members can no longer distribute copies of the U.S. Constitutions to drivers stopped at intersections. The group is known for having public demonstrations, while carrying long guns and handing out the historical document to highlight the second amendment.
Open Carry Tarrant County argues Arlington leaders changed the ordinance to specifically target them. The organizer of Open Carry Tarrant County, Kory Watkins, filed the federal lawsuit against the city. He testified that he has taken part in 200 peaceful walks in several different cities and never had issues except in Arlington. The city attorney argues the law is not aimed at any particular group and that it is about safety.
Open Carry Tarrant County is seeking an injunction against the city of Arlington and the amended ordinance. The hearing wrapped up shortly before 11 a.m. CBS 11’s Joel Thomas will have the latest on CBS 11 News at 6. No word on if the judge will make a decision today.
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