A group of pro-Second Amendment black gun owners organized a rally to highlight the need for the Second Amendment rights of African Americans. The rally will take place at 2 p.m. at Ralph Ellison Memorial Library and intends to take a 1-mile walk to the Governor’s Mansion.
The event expects an attendance of about 300 people, and many participants will openly carry, as has been the tradition of most Second Amendment rallies carried across the country. The rally organizers say they want to pass a message to authorities that they will not allow people, whether the police, fellow black people, or criminals to victimize them in their communities. They added that criminals have no color and could be of any race.
"If you come into our community, know we are armed," Omar Chatman, the organizer of the rally said.
The Second Amendment march will coincide with Trump Rally that will take place on the same day, on Saturday 20th in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Trump rescheduled his rally after learning that it fell on the Juneteenth day when the last slaves in Texas were freed. The organizer of the rally said all people were welcome to join his group in the peaceful march. Chatman will bring his AR-15 to the rally, as he always has.
“I have encountered the police and observed them while holding my gun from a safe distance,” Chatman said. “I’ve been displeased with every encounter. They treat Black men with guns with condescension and sarcasm. They should engage us as they would anyone else.”
Oklahoma constitutional carry became law on November 1, 2019. Gov. Kevin Stitt signed House Bill 2597 into law in February 2019, saying the majority of Oklahomans supported expanded gun rights. Civilians aged 21 years and above, as well as active military officers aged 18 and above, can openly carry without a permit.
However, various prohibitions exist in certain restricted areas such as K-12 schools. Convicted felons, domestic violence convicts, and those diagnosed with mental illness are also prohibited from owning firearms. For reciprocity, Oklahoma still issues permits, which are recognized by other states.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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