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Come Jan. 1, the State of Texas will allow licensed firearm owners to “openly carry” guns. However, in 1872 the State of Texas had other ideas. Cowboys entering many frontier towns like Dodge City were already required to check their guns with the marshal. Cowboy C.W. Ackermann of San Antonio remembered the year Texas followed suit: "A law was passed which prohibited men from concealed arms. In 1874 horse thieves and highway robbers were so bad something had to be done. The ranchmen formed an organization known as the 'Stock Association' to rid the country of these marauders. I was one of the fifty deputies elected. After a year's time, we had Bexar County clear of robbers."