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Residents Accuse Open Carry Supporters Of Being Bullies

FORT WORTH, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) - More than 100 supporters of Open Carry Tarrant county walked the streets, toting rifles, handing out cards and constitutions and talked to residents about gun rights.

The groups tactics have been criticized and Saturday the group had protestors. A father and son, not affiliated with any group, said held signs expressing their concerns that Open Carry's tactics are akin to bullying.

"While everybody has the opportunity to carry open arms, carrying them in a front forward sling and making a scene of it isn't showing you're trying to get rights," said Glynn Wilcox. "You're being a bully."

Wilcox said what's been missing from the debate is open dialogue.

But after a string of demonstrations, some businesses have spoken up.

Most recently, Sonic announced firearms are no longer welcome at its drive-ins or dining areas, after Open Carry activists brought weapons to a Sonic in San Antonio.

Chipotle, Starbucks, Wendy's and Jack in the Box are a few others who have asked Open Carry supporters to leave their weapons at home.

Now because of recent backlash, Open Carry supporters are being asked to be more vigilant when it comes to safety.

"Please watch your muzzles today. Be safe and sound. We've got kids, we've got women and children so just be as safe as possible. We are under a microscope," said Kory Watkins to the hundreds of supporters who showed up for the march. Watkins is the coordinator for Open Carry Tarrant County.

The extra attention and scrutiny won't stop them from carrying on their fight for gun rights, Watkins said.

The group had no comment when asked what their reaction was to the growing number of restaurants asking them to leave their weapons at home.

Open Carry Tarrant County filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Arlington, accusing the city of infringing on their constitutional rights.

The city of Arlington imposed a new ordinance that bans people from passing out literature on city streets, something the group does as part of their demonstrations.

A ruling has not been yet been made in the lawsuit.

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