David Kirkpatrick

February 13, 2009

Texas may allow open-carry

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 4:56 pm

And it’s about time to change that law. Open-carry of handguns — a handgun clearly displayed in a holster — is a great deterrentto crime. You can get a concealed handgun license (CHL) right now, but if you are armed in public without the license you’ll get ticketed.

CHLs have their place and utility, but legal open-carry for registered weapons shouldn’t add any more danger to the public and maybe just a little more safety. I’m betting your everyday jackass isn’t going to do something stupid if someone in the vicinity is openly armed.

Hopefully this bill gets drafted and passed.

From the link:

Texas, South Carolina, Oklahoma and Arkansas — are considering legislation that would allow people to carry handguns openly in a holster.

These generally Second Amendment-friendly states are among the last six holdouts against open carrying of guns. Openly carrying handguns is legal in most states, even those that ban concealed firearms. New York and Florida also bar openly carrying handguns.

Also from the link:

• In Texas, Ian McCarthy, a student who chairs the Texas Open Carry Work Group, started the online petition in late 2007. He says a concealed gun is uncomfortable during hot Texas summers, takes longer to draw in self-defense and won’t deter a criminal.

“If a criminal sees you’re armed, he’s not going to mess with you,” McCarthy says.

Texas Republican Rep. Debbie Riddle has asked the state’s legislative council to draft an open-carry bill. She wants to see how other gun-rights bills fare, particularly one to allow concealed weapons on college campuses.”

Republican state Sen. Jeff Wentworth, who sponsored the college campus bill, opposes open carry. “I think that’s harkening too far back to the Wild West,” he says.


  1. […] a huge fan of both of those amendments, and in that order. I think open carry (or concealed for that matter) shouldn’t be an issue, but I understand someone having an […]

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  2. If arming ourselves is a protected right-and it is-why should we be limited to concealed carry?

    Comment by Philip Goff — June 29, 2010 @ 11:26 pm

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