UPTOWN DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Bring your running shoes and your guns. That’s the invitation from an activist group holding an open carry rally on the Katy Trail this weekend.
They’re expecting about 30 participants to join them at the popular and family-friendly exercise spot. And while organizers say the idea is to improve safety, some feel it will do the opposite.
The rally is called the Armed Walk for Lives. It’s an open carry walk down the Katy Trail on Saturday afternoon. Organizers with the group “Come and Take It Texas” say the rally was born out of concern. After a string of violence and crime in the area, they say people would be safer with guns. But some trail users disagree.
“I definitely would not feel safer if that were the case. I tend to run alone a lot on the Trail, and that would be scary,” says trail user Kathryn Moffitt.
The Friends of the Katy Trail are encouraging their Facebook followers to “avoid the Trail” Saturday afternoon because of the rally. But they note that the group is within their rights – and others say that’s where they fall.
“Yeah, I’d still feel safe,” says Bryce Nayden. “I’m kind of under the assumption right now that anyone that’s walking around could have a gun with them. I mean, having it out in the open, I guess, is better than having it concealed.
The rally is from 2-4 p.m. Saturday. The group plans to meet at Reverchon Park and then take a short walk on the trail.
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