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Open Carry Activists to Tote Guns at SXSW Near Where President Barack Obama Will Speak


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What better way to celebrate the annual film, interactive media and music festivals that is SXSW, which, this year, brought in the president of the United States, than by openly carrying a weapon?

Open Carry Texas plans to do just that. It will be the third year they bring their guns to SXSW — except this year, they can carry holstered handguns.

In a Facebook statement, the group says the demonstrations are all about education, but they're quick to shift gears and talk shit about President Barack Obama.

The fact that president Obama is going to be in Austin at the same time changes nothing. We won't be deterred or barred from exercising our liberties. In fact, if Obama sees us, we look forward to him approaching us, shaking our hands, and thanking us for exercising our rights in a safe and legal manner in the way he is tasked with supporting and defending. He could even benefit from reading our materials and we'll have extra copies of the constitution for him and his armed security since he seems to have misplaced (or shredded) his own.

The fact that a man who wears a title bestowed upon him by the people will be in town at the same time doesn't change our mission, event, or action in any way. We condemn in the strongest terms any language designed to suggest or threaten anyone with being shot. Guns are self defense tools and should only be used in those circumstances or for survival.
Organizers are referring to at least one loose cannon who supports open carry demonstrations.


Anti-gun activists plan to rally at the same time.

If you're at SXSW and have any photos, videos or news from the open carry demonstration, email

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