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2 arrested at Capitol for carrying 'black powder' handguns

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On Saturday, the group Let's Roll America was having a peaceful demonstration on the Capitol grounds.  The group supports constitutional rights...second amendment included.

But things took an interesting turn.

Army Master Sgt. Christopher "C.J." Grisham with Open Carry Texas was there with his group.  Back in March, he was arrested by Temple Police for carrying an AR-15.  Last week Fox 7 reported his case was declared a mistrial.

After what happened to him, he started OpenCarryTexas.org.
He spoke with us minutes after Saturday's arrests.

"I mean here we are talking about the fact that our rights are being violated and gee, low and behold we have a first person account of our rights being violated," Grisham said.

DPS tells us the men were being charged with criminal trespass with a deadly weapon.  But protesters say troopers wouldn't tell them at the time what the men were being charged for.

According to Open Carry Texas, the men were carrying antique 19th century handguns...which they say are not illegal.

"They don't fall under firearms laws, you can carry them anywhere, you can carry them openly.  They're cap and ball," Grisham said.

As troopers attempted to leave with the 2 men, Grisham sat in front of the black SUV.

"You can take a pistol into this building concealed and nobody will ever know it.  But if you have an open carried antique replica firearm out here and these guys see it they're gonna make an example out of you," Grisham said.

We also spoke with Cathy Lee, Texas coordinator for "Let's Roll America."  That's the group that actually planned this rally for constitutional rights.

"It was unfortunate that this happened during our Let's Roll rally.  We had a good group, tremendous speakers and it kills the momentum of the rally.  I want it known that the language used during the arrests was appalling and in no way condoned by Let's Roll America.  The behavior exhibited is not how Let's Roll America conducts itself," Lee said.

Grisham says the Open Carry Texas attorneys are working on getting these guys out of the Travis County Jail.
They say they feel the "Criminal Trespassing" part is bogus because the Capitol is considered public property.
Of course we did attempt to speak with the Department of Public Safety about this.

They confirmed the arrests and the charges with us but no one will be able to speak in detail about the situation until Monday.

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