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

Veronica Dunnachie photo via the Arlington Police Department
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December 11, 2014 2:36 p.m.

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.

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