The conversation about the rights of Texans to openly carry guns in public came to Fort Worth early Thursday evening, which caught the attention of some fast-food employees and police.
Members of the group Open Carry Texas planned to conduct a demonstration in the Home Depot parking lot off of Interstate 35W in south Fort Worth.
But first, the participants wanted to get a bite to eat at a nearby Jack in the Box restaurant.
That's when things got scary for some restaurant workers, according to Fort Worth police.
"Upon arrival, officers discovered a group of six males carrying rifles," Sgt. Raymond Bush said in an email. "The men reported that they were conducting an open-carry demonstration.
"Officers spoke with Jack in the Box employees who reported that they feared for their lives and believed they were being robbed. They locked themselves inside a freezer for protection out of fear the rifle-carrying men would rob them."
Members of the group could not be reached for comment Friday.
Bush said a patrol supervisor met with the OCT members.
"He explained that in the future it would be advantageous if they carried large signage or flags declaring their purpose," Bush said. "He also gave them the number to the local police station so they could advise police prior to their next demonstration."
-- Bill Miller