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Lawmaker's sights set on making Texas an open-carry state for handguns
dallasnews.com ^ | 24 November, 2012 | Wayne Slater

Posted on 11/25/2012 4:54:54 AM PST by marktwain

The lunchtime rush had subsided, and three idle sandwich shop employees were speculating about what they would do if a guy dressed in T-shirt and jeans walked through the door with a holstered Colt .45 strapped to his hip.

“I would think it’s a plainclothes police officer,” said Eric Bejarano.

“I would be suspicious that he had come to rob us,” said Candice Guard.

“I would call the cops to come check him out,” said Matthew Guard, Candice’s husband.

If a Texas lawmaker has his way, strangers wearing six-shooters may become a common sight across the state.

The Legislature passed a law in 1995 allowing Texans to carry handguns concealed under coats, in purses, or in glove compartments. But it’s still against the law to carry pistols where people can see them.

Rep. George Lavender, a Texarkana Republican, wants to change that. When the Legislature convenes in January, he says, he will push for an “open carry” law. His plan is to give the more than 500,000 Texans who hold concealed-weapon licenses the option of carrying holstered pistols out in the open.

Lavender said he finds it ironic that freedom-loving Texas is one of just six states not to allow some form of open carry. The others are Illinois, New York, Arkansas, South Carolina and Florida. An open-carry law went into effect in Oklahoma on Nov. 1.

(Excerpt) Read more at dallasnews.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: banglist; georgelavender; opencarry; tx
Most people are surprised when they find that Texas bans open carry.
1 posted on 11/25/2012 4:55:08 AM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Ahhh...Back to the days of my youth when us kids were all packing Roy Rogers six shooters.


2 posted on 11/25/2012 4:59:21 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: marktwain
Not as suprised as I was when I found out that TX will deny issuing a CCW if you have defaulted on a student loan.

Impeach the kenyan or secession.


3 posted on 11/25/2012 5:07:41 AM PST by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; ONE BOX LEFT!)
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To: marktwain

““I would be suspicious that he had come to rob us,” said Candice Guard.

“I would call the cops to come check him out,” said Matthew Guard, Candice’s husband. “

I bet these people are from one of the Nanny states.


4 posted on 11/25/2012 5:16:33 AM PST by dljordan (Voltaire: "To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.")
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To: marktwain

I’m going to be schooling my new freshman pubbie in the state House about not only backing pro gun legislation but voting for a conservative to be Speaker.
Joe Strauss has GOT TO GO!!
Like yesterday!
He is the one who consistently keeps all our good bills from evr coming to a vote.
I’m sick of it!
If our new guy doesn’t come through I might have to seriously consider running.
I honestly hate the thought, but we really need a genuine trouble maker in Austin who will ring the bell about how these guys repeatedly have their cake and eat it too.
They co sponsor good bills but simultaneously vote for Joe Strauss to be Speaker.
That way they can reassure the university presidents behind closed doors that campus carry won’t come up for a vote, and also tell their constituents that they supported the legislation.
I’m damned tired of it and it just gets more offensive to me every two years when they do it.
This year we need to push for optional open carry and/or Constitutional carry.
Also need to repeal as many carry restrictions as possible.
We can win the intellectual argument with truth and logic.
Our adversaries are small minded nanny staters and emotional decision makers.
Concealed carry is fine and I support it. Heck I will probably continue it even if open carry is legalized.
But that’s not the point. Our society has become rude and ugly. That can change if good people exercise their rights.
I can’t ever remember being at a gun show or any similar event where people act rude and disrespectful.
It is true that an armed society is a polite society.


5 posted on 11/25/2012 5:26:12 AM PST by Clump ( the tree of liberty is withering like a stricken fig tree)
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To: marktwain
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6 posted on 11/25/2012 5:34:40 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: dljordan

There’s a local kid in his early 20s around here that looks like he just stepped out of a Mad Max movie (Mohawk, tattoos, piercings) and carries openly. I met him at a tea party express stop and he said that police gave him some hassles at first but once they got to know him they leave him alone.

As he says, “Who better to teach the police than someone who would attract their attention in the first place”.


7 posted on 11/25/2012 5:46:05 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: marktwain
If a Texas lawmaker has his way, strangers wearing six-shooters may become a common sight across the state.

VA is an open carry state, and you RARELY see someone open carry.

I did find it strange that open carry was not legal in TX.

8 posted on 11/25/2012 6:33:24 AM PST by DYngbld (I have read the back of the Book and we WIN!!!!)
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To: marktwain

The article quoted a police officer as saying:
“Open carry introduces something unknown to law enforcement, a whole new legitimate question: 911 is called, an officer arrives and there is a gun. What do you do with that gun?”

Hey, at least now you can SEE the gun and who has it!


9 posted on 11/25/2012 6:41:11 AM PST by eastexsteve
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To: dljordan

I live in an open carry state. Last guy I saw open carrying was in the produce aisle... He obviously wasn’t there to rob the place, he was checking out the lettuce... A lot of these anti gun types are the exact same people telling us to accept people as they are, celebrate diversity, look at the good in people, find common ground.. Etc etc. But when confronted with someone truly different, they assume the worst, fear them, and want to call the cops... Hey lib lurkers, there is a word I’m thinking of, applies to most allof you, starts with an h...


10 posted on 11/25/2012 6:59:18 AM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: marktwain

Does anyone know when and why Texas banned open carry? The article fails to include the relevant facts.


11 posted on 11/25/2012 7:46:26 AM PST by estopthat
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To: marktwain
I hope soon... I am Sooooooo tired of buying tiny guns.

My Rossi Ranch Hand .45 Colt is gonna look good on my side :)

12 posted on 11/25/2012 7:48:51 AM PST by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: Feckless

I’m with you - I’d love to be able to strap my vintage (manufactured in the Springfield Armory in 1914) 1911 .45 on my hip. Or maybe even my Ruger .357 stainless. As it is, my pocket pieces will have to do.


13 posted on 11/25/2012 7:59:03 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: trebb

I’ll probably keep my KelTec .32 just as a conversation piece.


14 posted on 11/25/2012 8:03:06 AM PST by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: ex91B10
Not as suprised as I was when I found out that TX will deny issuing a CCW if you have defaulted on a student loan.

There's no way that's constitutional under Heller.

15 posted on 11/25/2012 8:05:05 AM PST by estopthat
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To: Feckless

I have an old Browning Belgique .32 that’s a little loose but still shoots reliably. Still has the value of propelling a bit of lead at speed...


16 posted on 11/25/2012 8:17:50 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: ThunderSleeps

When I was a teenager in the 80s, we openly carried shotguns and rifles right down main street in my little Michigan town. We even carried them in the grocery store if we were on foot or on our bikes.

It wasn’t something that people really gave a second thought to.


17 posted on 11/25/2012 8:18:09 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: estopthat

My guess would be back in the reconstruction days (after the end of the civil war).


18 posted on 11/25/2012 8:23:32 AM PST by jpsb
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To: dljordan

The article is from blue Dallas. Many did move down from nanny states.


19 posted on 11/25/2012 8:33:51 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: marktwain
Lawmaker's sights set on making Texas an open-carry state for handguns

Think it'll ever happen? Texas is growing more government-dependent with each passing day, and Austin is full-on Moonbat Containment Zone. They better get it done now while they still have the votes.

20 posted on 11/25/2012 12:04:15 PM PST by backwoods-engineer ("Remember: Evil exists because good men don't kill the gov officials committing it." -- K. Hoffmann)
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To: estopthat
Who's got the cash to find out? Surely not I.

Impeach the kenyan or secession.


21 posted on 11/25/2012 4:01:59 PM PST by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; ONE BOX LEFT!)
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To: Clump

So true. I was at a show in Dallas. People were very nice. In fact they were so nice that I decided to get armed myself.


22 posted on 11/25/2012 4:50:50 PM PST by drinktheobamakoolaid (There is still time to make a difference)
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