Open Carry Activist Charged With Shooting Ex-Husband And Stepdaughter Dead

Veronica Dunnachie photo via the Arlington Police Department
Start your day with TPM.
Sign up for the Morning Memo newsletter

A woman charged with shooting and killing her ex-husband and stepdaughter has strong connections to groups advocating for expanding open carry gun laws in Texas.

Local news outlets on Wednesday reported that Veronica Dunnachie was arrested and charged with shooting and killing her ex-husband and step daughter.

Buried in some of the initial reporting on the arrest of Dunnachie seems to have been an active participant in open carry groups in Texas. The local ABC affiliate, WFAA, noted that Dunnachie’s Facebook page is photos of her engaged in open carry firearm advocacy activities. WFAA also noted that one of her profile pictures included the text “Sometimes removing some people out of your life makes room for better people.”

Veronica and Russell Dunnachie were going through a divorce, according to court records.

Photo from Dunnachie’s Facebook.

Reached by TPM on Thursday, Arlington, Texas police pointed to Dunnachie’s Facebook page and the photos on there showing her involved in Open Carry Tarrant County and pictures of Open Carry Texas.

“We aren’t in a position to give someone’s affiliation to a group or organization but if you go to her Facebook page, it’s pretty clear,” Arlington Police Department Officer Tiara Richard told TPM, referring to Open Carry Tarrant County.

Those two groups, Open Carry Tarrant County and Open Carry Texas, are Second Amendment rights groups that want to expand Texas law to allow carrying all weapons openly. Right now Texas law just allows for carrying guns openly.

“We’re comfortable with the charge of capital murder that she intentionally killed more than one person,” Arlington Police Department Sgt. Jeffrey Houston told TPM.

Top photo credit: Arlington Police Department. Other photos via Facebook.

Latest Muckraker

Notable Replies

  1. Reap what you sow asshole…That’s all I can say.

  2. “Sometimes removing some people out of your life makes room for better people.”

    I hope she meets them… IN PRISON.

  3. Avatar for joekuh joekuh says:

    Kind of hard to “remove people out of your life” there.

  4. I meant maybe she’ll meet those better people in prison. She’s already removed two from her life.

Continue the discussion at

92 more replies


Avatar for subatomicparticiple Avatar for ajm Avatar for austin_dave Avatar for nickdanger Avatar for charliee Avatar for mattinpa Avatar for bwakfat Avatar for Patriott Avatar for foundryman Avatar for leftflank Avatar for chammy Avatar for doctorbiobrain Avatar for teenlaqueefa Avatar for jimtoday Avatar for thepsyker Avatar for juanboliche Avatar for chuck_voellinger Avatar for borisjimbo Avatar for fitley Avatar for jeffrey Avatar for mrf Avatar for dnl Avatar for raincntry Avatar for wtf1

Continue Discussion
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: