Some African Americans express concerns over Second Amendment rights being respected

Citizens express concerns over right to carry guns

A number of African Americans who are licensed concealed carriers in the Mid-South are questioning whether or not their Second Amendment right is respected by police.

Mark Hughes’ is a licensed gun owner. His face was tweeted out by the Dallas Police Department as a suspect in the deadly shooting that took the lives of five police officers and injured 11 others.

Hughes attended the Black Lives Matter rally in downtown Dallas, which is where the shooting happened. He had his assault rifle with him. 

According to Hughes' brother, Mark immediately gave his assault rifle to a police officer when the shooting started.

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Licensed concealed carriers Johnathan Davenport and Jonathan Cross said the Dallas PD’s decision to put out Hughes’ picture was not a good one.

"You know we are profiled, the way that we look a lot of times can be a determining factor," Davenport said.

"It is offensive when law enforcement immediately approaches a citizen, and especially a black citizen, and immediately presume he's going to be a threat because he's armed," Cross added.

Mark Hughes has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

"Law enforcement itself has had a mentality developed within it over the decades that says black men, especially armed black men, are inherently dangerous," Cross said.

Cross told FOX13 it all comes down to whether or not officers actually respect black people's right to legally bear arms. 

"We cannot have law enforcement presuming that just because a black man may have a fire arm or even if he does have a fire arm that he's dangerous," Cross said. 

FOX13 has learned it is legal to openly carry an assault rifle, but it has to be unloaded.