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Two gun advocates were arrested at the Capitol during a Veterans Day ceremony.

The president of open carry Texas, C.J. Grisham, was taken into custody while he was speaking on the north side of the capitol. While that was happening on the south Capitol steps a ceremony was underway to recognize veterans. The open carry group wants state lawmakers to make it legal to display a hand gun the same way it is currently legal to carry a long rifle out on the open.

"I think the point should be made, what better day than today for us veterans to stick up for the Rights we took an oath of office to protect," said A. J. Postell when asked why the organization chose to stage an event on Veterans Day.

Several those with the open carry Texas group had old black powder handguns with them. The carried the guns in traditional hip holsters.

According to a spokesperson with Open Carry Texas, antique pistols, if made before 1899, are legal to carry because they are exempt from state law. C.J. Grisham and members of his organization were expecting to be arrested which is why Grisham came with a surprise. The gun he had was a toy.

Some of those at the capitol for the Veterans Day ceremony, like Lloyd Carroll, questioned the timing of the gun rights protest.

"I don't really agree with it, it's today to honor us, veterans, I'm a pro 2nd Amendment, I'm all for gun rights but I think there's other ways around it, especially today is just not the day to be doing this," said Iraq War veteran Lloyd Carroll.

Another member of the group was also arrested. He and C.J. Grisham were charged with trespass.

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