Cops arrested a Texas pastor who advocates for open carry laws for disturbing the peace Tuesday, all because he insisted on exercising his First Amendment rights at a town hall meeting.
Terry Holcomb Sr., pastor of Crossroads Church and president of the San Jacinto County Young Republicans, had a bone to pick with the County Court Judge for his decision to ban public comments at the end of the San Jacinto County Commissioners Court meeting.
At the end of the meeting, he launched his crusade against the judge:
“We’re not gonna allow public comments today?”
“It’s not on the agenda,” Judge Faulkner replied.
“That’s unacceptable,” Holcomb said. “That is taking the right of the people — their voice.”
“You are disrupting a public meeting,” Faulkner said.
“This meeting’s been adjourned,” Holcomb replied. “So I can get as dangerously close [to disrupting the meeting] as I want. You’re not the king. This isn’t gonna operate under tyranny. The people have a right to have their voice heard, period, and you left the public comments off [the agenda] because you don’t want to hear from the citizens.”
“You’re gonna hear from me!” he continued. “You’re not going to silence us by your abuse of power.”
It didn't take too long before the judge asked Holcomb to leave the room, but Holcomb vowed to return after his arrest.
“I am breaking no laws here!” he proclaimed. “And I am not leaving!”
Holcomb has a history of having a few run-ins with the law for promoting his 2nd Amendment causes.
In August 2013, he openly protested Texas' concealed carry laws in favor of open carry policies.
Holcomb said the reason he took the walk through Huntsville and through several private businesses was to educate people about Texas open carry laws and how he, and thousands of other gun rights activists, would like to see Texas law changed.
The following month, police arrested Holcomb and another 2nd Amendment advocate for carrying civil war-era pistols near the Texas State Capitol.
Even though Texas is friendly to 2nd Amendment supporters compared to the rest of the United States, it does not allow gun users to carry handguns unless they are concealed under clothing.