In August, Protect Texas Kids, whose mission is to protect Texas children from the harmful agenda of the left, held a protest outside of Anderson Distillery and Grill in Roanoke, where a “family-friendly” drag show took place. During the protest, the Elm Fork John Brown Gun Club—a group associated with antifa—was seen brandishing weapons and declaring themselves as private security for the event.

Protect Texas Kids is now calling on Denton County District Attorney Paul Johnson to investigate whether the gun group broke any Texas laws. 

“According to Texas law, which District Attorney Johnson has taken an oath to uphold, providing unlicensed private security is illegal. Furthermore, the tactics used by this antifa-affiliated group certainly violate numerous provisions of the Texas penal code including terroristic threat and assault by threat,” Protect Texas Kids said in a statement.District Attorney Johnson must uphold the rule of law and protect fundamental Constitutional rights to peacefully assemble and to exercise freedom of speech.”

An Instagram post showed what appears to be three masked individuals holding rifles as they block protestors from the event. 

According to Texas Occupations Code 1702.004, security officers (including private security officers) must be commissioned by the Texas Department of Public Safety. It is also a Class A misdemeanor for anyone to impersonate a commissioned security officer. 

Anderson Distillery and Grill took to social media to say they did not hire or pay for security for their event, but that the gun club was cooperating with the staff to keep their event safe from the protestors. 

“We did not pay for the security services from the Elm Forth John Brown Club for this event. They were present of their own volition and cooperated with us to peacefully make sure our patrons and performers remained safe from protestors, who attempted to destroy property and threatened violence,” reads the restaurant’s Facebook post. 

Despite claims of the gun club being peaceful, attendees say the group’s leader, Christopher Guillott, was seen taking a sniper position on the top floor of a nearby parking garage with his firearm. 

“I find it incredibly alarming that Christopher Guillot was acting as a sniper in a public area,” said Kelly Niedert, executive director of Protect Texas Kids. “Guillot seems to be an unstable individual, based on his remarks at protests and his social media posts, and this is why it is so important that the DA launches an investigation into this incident.” 

Texas Scorecard reached out to the Denton district attorney’s office and received no comment. 

Emily Wilkerson

Emily is a summer fellow for Texas Scorecard. She is a senior at the University of Oklahoma, studying journalism with a minor in political science. She enjoys investigative journalism and making sure that every side of a story is being told.

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