C.J. Grisham, the founder and president of Open Carry Texas, along with several others were arrested following an intense protest by the group. The group was demonstrating against recent legislation passed by Olmos Park’s City Council. The ordinance had made it illegal for citizens to carry a loaded shotgun or rifle on a public street. This ordinance contradicts Texas state law that permits open carry of these weapons. In protest, the Open Carry Texas group decided to carry their rifles on McCullough Avenue.
Officers responded to the situation and stopped multiple people who were carrying loaded weapons, and they arrested several individuals. Grisham live streamed his arrest on his Facebook account, and the video also spread to YouTube. The video shows Grisham being violently slammed to the ground. Open Carry Texas released a press release alleging the officers tasered Grisham, and he suffered injuries as a result of the violent arrest.
Grisham is being charged with interference with deputies, assault on a police officer, obstructing passageway and resisting arrest. He was booked into the Bexar County Jail. He is currently released after posting a $13,000 bond.
Due to the multiple interactions between open-carry gun activist groups and the Olmos Park police officers, the Olmos Park’s City Council voted to repeal the ordinance. Grisham praised the council’s decision and expressed his view on Facebook that the ordinance was “always illegal”. The City Council will be seeking the states advice on whether these types of weapons should be openly carried while loaded.