SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Several hundred gun-rights advocates have converged on the Alamo with rifles and shotguns in a rally that shatters a taboo on public demonstrations at the enduring symbol of Texas independence.
A substantial police presence was visible around the perimeter of the rally. But San Antonio Police Chief William McManus, who mingled in the crowd, said he expected no problems.
The event was organized by several gun rights groups that advocate for the open carrying of long guns — rifles and shotguns — which is allowed under Texas law.
Organizers called the "Come and Take It San Antonio!" rally after a confrontation two months ago in which San Antonio police threatened to arrest several gun rights activists who were carrying their rifles outside of a Starbucks. They say a local ordinance impinges on people's gun rights.