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As the federal government moves forward on its plans to tighten gun restrictions, Texas lawmakers are proposing legislation to expand gun rights in the state.
The latest proposal is HB 700 filed Thursday by state Rep. George Lavender, R-Texarkana, that would allow individuals with concealed handgun licenses to carry weapons in plain view on a belt or shoulder holster.
“For some it is a matter of personal safety, for others it is simply a convenience/personal preference issue,” said Lavender, who carried similar legislation that failed last session. He added others view it as a constitutional issue.
As y’all know, I’m strongly in favor of this bill being passed. For a number of reasons.
- First and foremost, because I believe that the prohibition of open carry clearly violates the “shall not infringe” component of the second amendment.
- Under current law, CHL holders can be prosecuted and lose their right to carry concealed if their handgun is inadvertently exposed.
- Sometimes concealing your handgun is simply not feasible or easy to do. Given Texas’ hot summers, it would be much easier to wear a shoulder rig over a t-shirt or on our hip rather than trying to conceal with bulky garments.
- It’s currently legal, in some form, in 44 states. And all of the fears of “wild-west shootouts” have proven to be unfounded. And, despite what bed-wetting nancy boys (also called “liberals”) claim, the site of law-abiding citizens openly carrying in public is a deterrent to bad guys who might otherwise have evil intentions.
Me? I already mostly carry in an OWB holster, covered by long, untucked work shirts. I’d continue to carry mostly OWB, but now could also wear t-shirts, tucked in button downs, or any other shirt I wanted without fear of exposing my handgun.
During my interview with Gen. Attorney Greg Abbott, I asked him about open carry, and he believes that a prohibition against it does indeed violate the second amendment. Matt Dowling, who also interviewed Gen. Abbott that day, asked him to simply respond with yes or not to the question, “Do you support open carry?” Gen. Abbott responded in the affirmative.
Even if you have no interest in open carry, please call your state Rep and ask them to support this bill.