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ARLINGTON (1080 KRLD) – In a short ruling this morning, Federal Judge Reed O’Connor has sided with the organization Open Carry Tarrant County and ruled against the city of Arlington.
But Open Carry group and the city are both claiming victory in the lawsuit over handing out literature at busy intersections.
This is the case where open carry proponents challenged city laws that set limits specifying where people can approach cars and hand out pamphlets at intersections.
Federal Judge Reed O’Connor ruled that proponents of the open carry of weapons have a Constitutional right to hand out copies of the Constitution – but that they cannot step into busy intersections.
Open Carry attorney Warren Norred says that was the point of the complaint.
“While it rules in favor of the city on this issue of constitutionality of the current law, it’s not saying that the firefighter exemption is going to be without it’s problems” said Norred.
The ‘firefighter exception’ allows firefighters to walk into the street to collect money for charities.
This is something that has been an issue for the Open Carry Tarrant County gun supporters. They have held demonstrations in several North Texas cities, but were pushed out of Arlington when the city passed an ordinance that the group claimed was a restriction of their right to free speech, as it prohibited them from handing out information in certain areas.
The city says it’s pleased the judge upheld the new ordinance.
*This is a developing story. Listen to 1080 KRLD for the latest information.
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