FORT WORTH (May 9, 2014) Open Carry Texas, which advocates for Texans' right to carry firearms openly, has parted ways with a North Texas affiliate after armed members of the affiliate entered a fast-food restaurant and frightened employees.
The restaurant’s employees locked themselves in a freezer last week and a witness called 911, Fort Worth police said.
Open Carry Texas and Open Carry Tarrant County both dispute what happened, but, Open Carry Texas founder C.J. Grisham said both have agreed to a "mutual parting without animosity."
Twice in recent weeks, gun-toting members of the Tarrant County group appeared at area fast-food restaurants without notifying police.
Open Carry Tarrant County members spooked customers last month in Arlington when they strolled toward a Wendy's with rifles.
The Open Carry Texas policy is to notify authorities in advance.
Grisham, an Army master sergeant, was fined $2,000 in November 2013 after a Bell County jury found him guilty of misdemeanor interference with the duties of an officer
Grisham was arrested in March 2013 after police received a report about a man who was carrying an assault-style rifle while walking along Airport Road in West Temple.
Grisham said he was just walking with his son to help him get a Boy Scout Badge, but police confiscated the rifle and arrested him after the encounter his son recorded on camera.
The video shot by Grisham’s son quickly went viral and the arrest triggered a series of demonstrations.
A mistrial was declared in Grisham's first trial in October 2013 after the six-member jury deadlocked following two full days of deliberation.