As we’ve noted in previous reports, sometimes things can spin out of control when open carry activists and police officers meet. That was certainly not the case in Austin, Texas, when an officer responded to a call about “suspicious” men openly carrying rifles.
In a video posted on YouTube in January by the activist group Come and Take It Texas, an officer is seen approaching the armed men in a non-aggressive fashion.
“Just checking you guys out,” he says in the video. “I already know the law.”
The officer, which the group identifies as Mark Dale with the Austin Police Department, even jokes with one of the men about his holstered squash. The man said he was openly carrying the squash as a joke because he’s unable to openly carry a pistol in Texas.
“I saw that, I was laughing did you hear me?” the friendly cop says.
Dale then shakes the men’s hands and lets them go about their business. The officer also lets them know he doesn’t mind if they video record him and assures them he will talk to the person who made the 911 call to make sure there’s no problem.
Dale then comes back and chats some more.
“I saw you guys standing here, I wasn’t worried about it,” he tells the men, who inform him that they have been arrested at other open carry demonstrations.
The exchange certainly isn’t very exciting or eventful, but it is always good to remember how many good cops there are out there who know the law and are entirely respectful to the people they serve.
Watch the entire video below: