Texas House passes open carry, excludes city opt outs
A number of rural Democrats jumped ship in the final vote for a bill Monday to allow open carry in the Lone Star State that would include some of the largest cities in the country.
The easy 101-42 roll call, which picked up seven House Democrats, clears the bill to grant Texans with a concealed carry permit and sends it to the Senate for concurrence.
The final day of debate saw the defeat of a proposed opt-out that would have exempted Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and Austin from the expanded carry rights measure. Urban lawmakers argued that the four metro areas, ranked among the dozen largest cities in the nation by population, should be treated differently.
“Rural open carry is different than densely populated open carry,” said Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, who proposed the amendment. “If you put this to a vote in big cities, I think people are going to say resoundingly no.” SOURCE
Open carry of weapons; a topic that has long been a *hot button* for gun owners and anti-gun people as well.
Bill sponsors did not concur.
“The responsible gun owners of big cities are responsible just like elsewhere,” said Rep. Larry Phillips, R-Sherman.
Rep. Phillips is quite correct in his statement, responsible gun owners, and therein lies the fly in the ointment.
Thankfully *most* lawful gun owners are responsible and adhere to safe gun practices but there is always that *clown* that wants to be John Wayne and will get out there and make a fool of himself by playing *cowboy*.
You know the guy; we’ve all seen them from time to time. They spend a ton of money to play *dress up* and have never taken so much as the first basic training course on handgun safety and proper usage, but he is determined to become the next *Top Shot* or a famous *quick draw* artist.
A great many of these guys end up with a nickname like *Stubby* for the toes they have blown off while trying to learn how to do something they never should have attempted in the first place.
People like that do a lot more harm to gun ownership and how the public perceives gun owners than they realize, but then you have people like this.
However, as noted by CJ Grisham, president of Open Carry Texas, the current legislation is not inclusive of the majority of the state’s gun owners.
“We now encourage the legislature to hear and pass bills that will affect the other 97 percent of Texans that choose not to pay for a handgun license and surrender their rights,” he said in a statement emailed to Guns.com. “HB 910 is a step in the right direction for fixing the CHL, now let’s fix the loss of our right to keep and bear arms.”
These Open Carry Texas people would cry if they were hung with a new rope.
It has been MY experience with Open Carry Texas that NO gun laws, of any kind, is all that is going to satisfy their agenda. As far as Open Carry Texas, and their even more radical group in Ft. Worth are concerned, you have a right to carry anything you want to carry in any manner you see fit, even if you have never fired a gun in your life.
Let me say, I am pleased that Open Carry is soon to become a reality here in Texas, I have no issues with Open Carry as long as the person carrying the gun is of sound mind, has been properly trained in gun safety and handling and is carrying in a lawful manner.
If that is considered an *infringement* then I guess I am going to have to rethink my own line of reasoning. It is people like O.C.T. and their *devil may care* attitude about *gun ownership and open carry for all* that damned near got open carry thrown OUT in Texas with their ridiculous demands and threats made against Texas lawmakers.
Personal responsibility, training and safety; those should be paramount in ALL actions regarding guns and vetting new gun users should be the first thing that happens.
Many will disagree with me on this but I am fully convinced that *some* people don’t need to own a squirt gun.