Carrying long-guns in Texas
Sorry if this has been asked before. I couldn't find anything directly addressing it.
I recently took the CHL class in Texas and one of the things I learned is that there are almost no restrictions on long-guns here. Yet, I remember several years ago driving down the street near the Mall and there were two young men walking down the side of the busy 6-lane street carrying rifles (or maybe shotguns) literally in their hands. I came back by around 30 minutes later going back home and saw the same 2 guys surrounded by 3 cop cars and they were sitting on the ground talking with the cops. I never heard or saw anything else about it.
But that got me thinking.. Obviously these guys were probably breaking some kind of law because they were holding the guns in their hands and that could certainly be viewed in a threatening manner.
But. What if a person were to walk down the street with an assault rifle strapped to their back? In this case it would be hard to say he was holding the gun in a threatening manner. What do you think would happen? What if they were dressed in a manner that looked very much like a military outfit, and the weapon being carried looked like something you'd expect to see used in the military. Think anyone would notice or care?
I don't have any plans to do this. I don't even own a long-gun of any kind. I'm just insanely curious at this point.