Gun rights activists hold open carry march

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - East Texans marched to protect their second amendment right to keep and bear arms, in an open carry march. Carrying their unloaded rifles, over 200 people walked through the streets of Longview to support gun rights.

"We're coming together to exercise our right that our forefathers sacrificed their lives for," says march organizer Stephen Lee.

"I think a right is like a muscle.  If you don't exercise it , it can whither away or be taken away easily," says marcher John Cohagen.

Many marchers say fear sparks much of the anti-gun rhetoric.

"The legal gun owners are the ones you should be least afraid of. Its the ones that get those illegally," Cohagen says.

"My opinion is the right to carry in the open, other states have it and it has not been an issue," says White Oak marcher Carolyn McClish.

Some fear that guns are a target right to be taken away , and worry about lawmakers legislating , not just gun rights , but all rights.

"The gun is liberty's teeth. And so we have to show our teeth sometimes to let people know that we're here to defend our liberties," says Lee.

Representative David Simpson threw in his support of the event.

"I'm the peoples representative and I wanted to show that I support their constitutional right to keep and bear arms," Simpson says.

Through events like this, they continue to be heard.

"We all have a right to life, liberty and property. And as an extension to that, we have a right to protect those things," Lee says.

The walkers finished their event with a rally on the Gregg county courthouse lawn.

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