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Open Carry Texas plans rally to teach Ector County Sheriff ‘a lesson’

Ector County Sheriff Mike Griffis talks to reporters after he arrested eight individuals at a bar May 5, 2020
Ector County Sheriff Mike Griffis talks to reporters after he arrested eight individuals at a bar May 5, 2020 (Courtesy of Midland Reporter-Telegram)

ODESSA, Texas – After a group of people were arrested for openly carrying weapons outside of a bar, Open Carry Texas said members would travel to Odessa to teach Ector County Sheriff Mike Griffis “a lesson,” the Midland Reporter-Telegram reported.

Vice President David Amad said the group will organize a rally on June 6 according to a YouTube video posted on the Open Carry Texas channel.

“This guy needs a lesson,” Amad said in his YouTube video. “He needs a big lesson, and we need to go out there and teach him.”

A group of people were carrying guns to support the owner of Big Daddy Zane’s, a bar that opened in violation of Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order. Griffis arrested a group of people with the bar owner and her employee.

The arrests led to an extensive debate on social media and death threats directed at the sheriff.

Griffis told reporters at a press conference that the presence of the group “was to intimidate law enforcement, and that the men were not exercising their Second Amendment Rights.” He also cited the Texas Alcohol and Beverage code for carrying weapons that were prohibited in the area, the Midland Reporter-Telegram reported.

Amad and any rally attendees who participate and break the law, do plan to surrender peacefully but say they will not allow an officer to arrest someone if they do not believe they are breaking the law.


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