Hundreds of armed demonstrators are planning to converge at the Alamo in San Antonio on Saturday to test the limits of the gun laws in one of the most gun-friendly states, by openly carrying their shotguns, assault weapons and other types of rifles in public, reports the New York Times.
Organizers of the rally — a flier declares “Get your guns & Head to San Antonio” — said they were planning a peaceful event. The demonstration, intended to both celebrate the state's gun culture and challenge it, has concerned officials. Amid a heavy police presence, more than 1,000 men and women carrying loaded rifles over their shoulders are expected to assemble at the site of the historic gun battle in one of the busiest sections of downtown. Gun advocates say they have a simple goal — to remind ordinary citizens and law enforcement officials that they are allowed in Texas to legally and openly carry what are known as “long guns,” including shotguns and assault rifles.