Texas Gubernatorial Candidate Beto O’Rourke Plans to Repeal Constitutional Carry

Beto is back!

In a Sunday interview with CNN’s Dana Bash on a show called, “State of the Union,” Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke made it clear that he still supports confiscating modern sporting rifles from law-abiding citizens. 

“Look, we are a state that has a long, proud tradition of responsible gun ownership. And most of us here in Texas do not want to see our friends, our family members, our neighbors shot up with these weapons of war. So, yes, I still hold this view,” O’Rourke told Bash.

As GunsAmerica previously reported, O’Rourke made headlines in 2019 at a Democratic presidential primary debate when he emphatically declared that his administration would disarm America.  

“Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” exclaimed O’Rourke.

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Along with seizing firearms from responsible gun owners, O’Rourke hopes that as governor he can roll back the state’s new constitutional carry law that current Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed back in June.

“We don’t want extremism in our gun laws. We want to protect the Second Amendment. We want to protect the lives of our fellow Texans. And I know that when we come together and stop this divisive extremism that we see from Greg Abbott right now, we’re going to be able to do that,” he said.

The notion that constiutional carry laws are “extreme” or part of a fringe phenomenon is deeply flawed. As many as 20 states (those in green) have passed similar laws over the years, per wikipedia. Additionally, Pennsylvania and Ohio are now considering permitless carry legislation.

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What is extreme, however, is Beto’s unflinching belief that one’s right to keep and bear arms is subject to ceaseless infringement.

Beto trails Gov. Abbott by nine percentage points according to the latest Texas Tribune/University of Texas poll.

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  • Stan d. Upnow November 26, 2021, 10:57 pm

    Aw c’mon, why not elect a Progressive-Socialist fascist like O’Rourke? After all, Texas has been a thorn in the rump of the Left for decades. If Texas fell, it would be the crown jewel in their “fundamental transformation” of America. If the P-S’s manage to fix that election, like they did in 2020, some good ol’ boys in Texas would surely throw a BBQ……… and it wouldn’t be beef brisket on the fire!

  • tom November 26, 2021, 5:26 pm

    for the pinheads on this list (which is generally a majority) there is a DIFFERENCE between Concealed Carry and the simple possession of sporting arms.
    Possession will not be disallowed no matter what the ultra rads want or the ultra right wing lunatics shout (such as that buffoon T Carlson). But for the Cowboys that only feel like men when they are strapped….walking tall with their 9 or 10 …ready to take on the poor bastard running down the street because they are ready and willing god-fearing american patriots !!.
    Nobody needs a CCW with a good strong need and reason, not simply because you need it to support or prove your manhood! we don’t need a bunch of these loonies all walking around ready to draw down on each other. This ain’t the old west no more, though many of these people live vicariously thru the eyes of john wayne – only police and related law enforcement need be allowed to carry guns!
    Sorry guys, stroke something else besides your gun barrel for your jollies.

    • Chief November 27, 2021, 10:25 am

      You’re such a class act, Tom. And, lovely grammar.

  • Robert Gimber November 26, 2021, 4:51 pm

    I think Beto needs to stick with probably what he’s best at, smooching goobers, and I don’t mean peanuts.

    • tom November 27, 2021, 5:18 pm

      another little intellectual here. there is certainly a plethora of idiots like you on this site, probably because they value guns more than anything else, a myopic little universe they live in….Pathetic!!

  • Rick Queen November 26, 2021, 4:18 pm

    He’s a flip flopper. Push him hard enough and he’ll cave. Just like he did when after he said “hell yes we’re going to take your AR-15s and your AK-47s”.Then when pressed about the issue he seemed to be afraid of making that statement and then said that people who have these weapons should continue to use them responsibly. Can’t ride both sides of the fence. He rides the popular train what everyone else is saying at the time, then refrains when it backfires. I doubt anyone would ever vote for this clown that’s trying to undermine the 2nd Amendment.

  • Ken November 26, 2021, 11:07 am

    Beto is not going to confiscate anything because he couldn’t get elected to Texas Dog Catcher with his anti gun rhetoric.

    I am a life long centrist democrat and I wouldn’t vote for him.

    • Stan d. Upnow November 26, 2021, 11:04 pm

      Sorry Ken, there is no more Democrat Party, though they lie and still call themselves that. It has morphed into the Progressive-Socialist Party. Hence, anyone calling themselves a “Democrat” today is either deluding themselves, or deliberately being deceptive.

  • Newell Anderson November 26, 2021, 10:41 am

    VETO BETO

  • EasyEddie November 26, 2021, 10:08 am

    Beto reminds me of a chipmunk. The question is, will Texas elect a chipmunk, or more specifically, will Texas elect a chipmunk hostile to the 2nd Amendment? And, are precinct staffers even now filling out absentee ballots?

  • Pete Faz November 26, 2021, 9:33 am

    Why do these leftist clowns work so hard for a civil war — they have no army ?

    • Stan d. Upnow November 26, 2021, 11:14 pm

      Maybe you missed Obiden’s comment about all of us “domestic terrorists,” and how the govt. has F-15’s and nukes to bring to bear against us. Maybe you missed the DC scum order thousands of Natl. Guard troops into DC to intimidate any citizens wishing to rally. Maybe you missed all the rioting/arson/looting/beatings/murders that the Progressive-Socialist shock troops, BLM/Antifa, wrought last year. Maybe you need to get up to speed, buddy.

  • Carol Powell November 26, 2021, 9:18 am

    He thinks he can take over TEXAS and take our guns away he’d got another think coming We need to line him up in our sights and take pot shots at him for even thinking we would allow him near our guns

  • Tuco November 26, 2021, 9:00 am

    Somebody please give that SOB a number two pencil where it counts

  • Altoids November 26, 2021, 8:54 am

    “Beto trails Gov. Abbott by nine percentage points according to the latest Texas Tribune/University of Texas poll.”

    Only NINE percentage points!
    Now that’s scary. He should be trailing by sixty percentage points or more.
    Looks as if those SoCal transplants are already having a big negative effect on Texas.

    • Ed Schrade November 26, 2021, 6:35 pm

      Butto won’t be running against Abbot because Abbot will be primaried and defeated by one of the 2 truly conservative candidates.

    • Stan d. Upnow November 26, 2021, 11:17 pm

      They’re probably handing all the Illegals flooding-in absentee ballots before turning them loose to roam around unrestricted(and unmasked, unvaxxed).

  • Constantine November 26, 2021, 8:34 am

    Good luck with that Butto. Its hard to confiscate a gun when there’s hot lead coming out of the barrel.

    • Stan d. Upnow November 26, 2021, 11:27 pm

      Right. And it’s hard to throw “hot lead” when you’re fast asleep at 4am and 12 SWAT team members break-in and rush into your bedroom before you have both eyes open! You’d be lucky if they didn’t just shoot you and lie that you pointed a weapon at them. It’s happened before.

  • Rick November 26, 2021, 8:01 am

    Yeah, good luck there Robert. 😆

  • Tarzan November 26, 2021, 7:07 am

    Beto, who has been arrested for DUI and Burglary, surely knows how to shoot himself in the foot (pun intended) doesn’t he? Word around the campfire is, he’s already writing his concession speech…

  • survivor50 November 23, 2021, 7:23 pm

    New Line of skateboards… BETO BOARDS … the AR-15 series…

  • Blue Dog (he/him) November 23, 2021, 1:14 pm

    Beto is not playing to his strengths here. A lot of the right-wing base is mad at Abbot over his lockdowns and the primary is shaping up to be as heated of a contest as Texas has seen in a long time, with sharks like Allan West or that Huffines guy or that clown Prather. Beto doesn’t need to unnecessarily stir up controversy a year out from the general election. Let the Republicans eat their own, there is no need to sink to their level.

    I mean, he’s right. At least with a carry permit, a licensee has to sit through a class, not that the responsibilities of carrying a firearm in public can be adequately explored in a weekend. Letting any joker that can pass a background check in a flawed and broken incomplete background check system like NICS carry in public is just asking for trouble.

    • Linkman November 23, 2021, 9:18 pm

      O’Rourke isn’t playing to Texas’ history of resisting attempts at gun control. He committed political suicide with his comment.

      One does not need to grovel before the government to obtain a license to exercise a right.

      “We don’t want extremism in our gun laws.”

      But apparently he does want extremism. He wants to send armed government thugs to your home to violently search you and your belongings and then lock you up because of his desire to have a monopoly on the exercise of power.

      • Avenger1948 November 26, 2021, 9:43 am

        The ONLY solution to America’s problems is to divide the country into two separate nations…….the Liberal States of America (LSA) and the Conservative States of America (CSA). It’s inevitable, so let’s do it NOW!!!

        • Blue Dog (he/him) November 26, 2021, 8:08 pm

          You want to secede… the south and a few other states… and form the CSA? Sounds like insurrection to me.

    • Edwin Clements Parrish November 26, 2021, 6:53 am

      Emotional pearl clutching, nothing more.

      Laws opening lawful Constitutional carry are the only ones that have loosened politicians’ grip on The People in my 70-year lifetime. Lots of states now allow it, and because most people who’ve waited to exercise their Second Amendment right until it became a privilege are law-abiding adults, the benefits always outweigh the downside. Believe it or not, most of us are adults who don’t actually need your liberal mother hovering. 😎

    • Hondo November 26, 2021, 6:54 am

      Wrong again blue douche , nobody is going to vote in that horse tooth jackass as gov. Of Texas. So piss off loser with your lame attempt at trolling.

    • El Zorro November 26, 2021, 7:10 am

      Shouldn’t you be on the ManginasAmerica Digest Web site instead of this one?
      (The personal pronouns are a nice touch…)

    • Stan d. Upnow November 26, 2021, 11:32 pm

      “I mean, he’s right.”

      Yeah guy, the only thing that’s “flawed and broken” is your thinking.

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