Olmos Park Changes City Ordinance to Allow Open Carry

The City Council in the San Antonio suburb of Olmos Park voted unanimously today to change a city law that banned the open carrying of firearms, after Open Carry Texas founder C.J. Grisham was arrested for openly carrying a gun in the city, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Grisham has pushed forward laws allowing the open carrying of firearms.  He was largely responsible for amending the state law to allow open carry, and he is challenging laws in cities like Olmos Park by carrying guns in defiance of local ordinances.

Richard Briscoe of Open Carry Texas, who was present at today's Olmos Park council meeting, said the city basically admitted that the city ordinance violated state law.

"Open Carry Texas has a very simple ask of Texans, and that is to obey the law," he said.  "We do."

Briscoe said Grisham was not treated fairly or legally by Olmos Park police when he carried a gun in the city.

"Our member was suddenly and deliberately attacked while exercising his rights under both federal and state law," he said.

But Grisham isn't off the hook in Olmos Park, despite forcing a change in the city ordinance.  He is also charged with assaulting a police officer, and Olmos Park didn't change its law making that a crime.

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