No Boys Allowed: 'Come and Take It' Holds Ladies Open Carry Walk
The ladies of "Come and Take It" Austin have an announcement to make: it's not just guys who support the second amendment.
"We usually do these walks and it's male and female.But today we're trying to showcase the ladies especially.To show everyone that it's not just a bunch of men who care about their rights and they care about their own protection and their safety as well," said Amanda Andeen who organized the walk downtown which they called "Gunpowder and Lace."
"A weapon is a great equalizer for a woman.You know, if a 200 pound man was trying to attack a 120 pound 'me,' if I didn't have a means of protection, you know...I'd lose," she said.
Members of the group carried their long guns and pre-1899 black powder pistols openly because Texas law says you can.
What you can't do is carry a modern handgun out in the open in Texas.It has to be concealed -- something Come and Take It is hoping to change.
Rachel Malone says a lot of shop owners and other Austinites along their usual route know them and support them when they do walks like this.
"People who are here visiting for the first time or haven't seen us before, they'll often be surprised.We get a lot of excited responses, honks and smiles and waves.We get some kind of shocked, 'What are doing?Why are you doing this?' and we try to explain.And almost always, we get a positive response when we explain.'Hey that's really cool,'" Malone said.
One sign read "I support moms with guns."Speaking of moms, there's another group of moms with a completely different view on the gun debate.Carolyn with the Austin chapter of"Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America" told us in a statement:
"The open carry of long guns in Texas is a public safety issue for several reasons.There are no required background checks, training or licensing of any kind.Also, they can and frequently do, openly carry these shotguns, rifles and assault-style rifles loaded.This creates a dangerous situation for Texans and their families," she said.
Rachel Malone says she's not pushy about her beliefs.
"They don't have to like what I'm doing.I try not to be offensive, I try to be courteous.If people want to talk, I'll talk with them and explain.I'm not gonna get in their faces and make them like what I'm doing, that's not really what I'm about," she said.