WALLER COUNTY, Texas – Signs outside the Waller County courthouse read no guns are allowed anywhere inside, even in offices that some feel aren’t protected by law.
One very vocal critic challenged and is being sued.
Openly armed, activist Terry Holcomb stands up for himself and gun rights.
“I’ve taken on every local government that wanted to behave this way,” Holcomb said.
Twice, Texas Carry’s founder has argued himself in and out of handcuffs.
“And I’ve won every single time,” he said.
He’s hard to rattle. But four small words in a letter from the Waller County district attorney humbled him.
“It says, ‘You are being sued,’” Holcomb said. “It scared me. Big government. I don’t have a lot of money. I can’t afford attorneys, which I did get and am taking care of.”
Eleven months ago, he and Texas Carry members sent letters to 76 county governments threatening to get the Texas attorney general on their case for banning open carry in offices allowed by law.
Waller County district attorney hit back.
He claims the law’s courthouse gun ban covers his entire building, which includes several other offices considered fair game by open-carry activists, and this December opinion from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
So, Waller County sued.
Off camera, the district attorney says it’s not about money.
It’s a plea for a judge to decide who’s right and who’s wrong.
He calls Holcomb’s claims “a bunch of dribble.”
Still, Holcomb believes this suit is all about retaliation, and he’s ready to fight back.
“I’m fighting for all of Texas, and I’m not going to cow down to their fear tactics or their bully tactics, or them acting like thugs,” Holcomb said. “I’m going to treat them like thugs. We’re going to take this fight to them.”