Two arrested at Capitol after carrying replica pistols

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by KENS 5 staff

KENS

Posted on October 28, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 28 at 11:06 AM

AUSTIN -- The group Open Carry Texas is questioning the arrest of two demonstrators at the state Capitol.

Department of Public Safety troopers said the men were openly carrying suspected deadly weapons Saturday Oct. 26, and were given the opportunity to leave but refused.

A spokesperson for Open Carry Texas said the pistols the men carried were black powder replicas of revolvers and therefore exempt as firearms.

"Two of our party members were carrying two pre-1899 black powder replica revolvers," said Amanda Andeen, a group spokesperson. "They were holstered the whole time. They were never drawn or displayed rudely by any means."

Despite the arrests, the group said it will continue its efforts until its point is made and things change.

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