McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Gun rights advocates are planning to converge on the Alamo with rifles and shotguns this weekend for a rally that breaks a long tradition against public demonstrations on the hallowed ground.
A Texas state agency has approved the rally, "Come and Take It San Antonio!" which was called to assert citizens' rights to carry long guns in public.
Demonstrations were not allowed when the mission was overseen by a historical association. But the site was taken over by the state in 2011, and Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, a gun rights advocate, decided to make it available.
Patterson says the Alamo is an appropriate place to defend individual rights, but leaders of the Alamo Defenders' Descendants Association say it should be treated as a solemn memorial to those who died.