A small group of Houston gun owners decided to celebrate their freedom on Independence Day this year in the best way possible.


They all had a great time.


(via Come & Take It Houston Facebook group)


(via Come & Take It Houston Facebook group)

The group? Come and Take it Houston – a group of gun owners that gather publicly to “educate Texans on their right to openly carry shotguns and rifles in a safe manner.”

Even in front of a police station.

(Facebook photo via Ben Gruita)

“It’s Independence Day – where it all started,” said shotgun toting Jenn Kroll, to the Houston Chronicle. “What better day to show our rights?”

Can’t argue with that.

Oscar Garza, 29, of Houston holds his AR-15 rifle as he waits for other members of the gun rights group Come and Take it Houston (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)

Ed Aldredge of Sugar Land, Texas, checks to make sure he doesn’t have a round in the chamber of his AR-15 rifle, next to his son, Austin, 11, who was holding his .22 caliber rifle (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)

(Facebook photo via Patrick Sheehan)

After their march, the group went to lunch at Tony’s Barbecue – a restaurant that allows people to carry guns into the establishment.

(Facebook photo via Patrick Sheehan)

Video here:

Like good Americans, they put money in the tip jar (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)


Everyone went home feeling happy:


And it looks like they made an impact. . .

“To walk the streets and see people with shotguns and ammo is a bit different,” a man visiting from England remarked to the Houston Chronicle. “It’s a completely different culture.”

To which one gun owner in the group replied:

Happy Independence Day.