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Gun Rights Advocates Manufacture Firearm Outside Texas Capitol

Second Amendment advocates are holding an armed rally Tuesday morning outside the Texas Capitol just hours before the 2015 legislative session starts.

Gun-rights-advocates-manufacture-firearm-at-rally800px.png Come and Take It America hold an armed rally outside of the Texas Capitol.

 

Second Amendment advocates are holding an armed rally Tuesday morning outside the Texas Capitol building just hours before the 2015 legislative session starts.

Members of the gun rights group Come and Take It America<
Members of the gun rights group Come and Take It America.

What’s more, the gun rights group Come and Take It America has a machine called “the Ghost Gunner” that manufactures part of a firearm.

Because the firearm is considered self-manufactured, it can legally go without a serial number.

Participants also carried rifles and shotguns to protest what they see as hypocrisy in the state’s gun laws.

Texas law allows people to openly carry rifles but not handguns. Those have to be concealed.

The group is supporting a new proposed law, HB 195, to allow people to openly carry handguns without extra registration.

“When you have to pay for something and license it and register it, it’s not a right, it’s then a privilege. And as it says it’s the right to bear arms, not the privilege to bear arms, so that’s one of the concerns that we have,” said Murdoch Pizgatti, president and co-founder of Come and Take It America.

He said his group expected hundreds of people supporting open carry to gather at the Capitol Tuesday.

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