The long and arduous fight for open carry in the Lone Star State is over. “As soon as possible,” Gov. Greg Abbott will sign a bill into law that will lift the ban on open carry in Texas.
Like with concealed carry, one will have to obtain a permit that involves passing a background check and receiving gun safety training before one is allowed to openly carry a handgun.
The final version of the open-carry bill cleared the state House by a margin of 102-43, and the Senate by a margin of 20-11, with most Republicans voting in favor of the bill and most Democrats voting against it.
“We think of Texas being gun-happy, but we didn’t afford our citizens the same rights most other states do,” said one of the sponsor’s of the bill, Rep. Larry Phillips (R-Sherman).
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) May 29, 2015
Of course, not everyone was happy with the result. Gun-control advocates, who fought open carry tooth and nail, expressed their frustration.
“This session has been an alarming show of politicking that caters to a gun lobby agenda,” said Sandy Chasse with the Texas Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “As a gun-owning Texas mom, this is not the Texas I want for my family or community.”
It’s great news for Texas, for the Second Amendment and the advocates who worked tirelessly in pursuit of their goal. But if we’re being honest and being real about it, open carry is an antiquated form of carry. Personally, if given the choice, I’d much rather carry concealed. I have a feeling I’m not the only one. I don’t want to poo-poo the progress they made here, because it is significant and it is important that one has a choice in the matter, but who would prefer to carry openly when one can carry concealed?
From my perspective, the greatest thing about legalizing open carry is that if you accidentally show or present your firearm while carrying concealed you won’t get busted by the police. I guess that sounds a bit harsh, but I’m just being honest. What are your thoughts?