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Update - open carry in texas

Discussion in 'Activism Discussion and Planning' started by mbt2001, Feb 10, 2009.

  1. mbt2001

    mbt2001 Well-Known Member

    The Texas Legislature is in session and we need to be bringing the full court press regarding open carry of handguns in this state. I know there is a petition that started the groundswell, but do not delude yourself into thinking that it will accomplish anything; we need to contact every like minded Texan and get them to call. The more that the Senators / Representatives hear from us, the more likely it is that they will do something.

    Politicians all think one way and Texas is the worst offender, because our legislature only meets every other year. If they can DODGE the issue, they have virtually defeated it.


    Obviously today is a no work day, a good day to send an e-mail and print it to mail.

    PS if you Senator / Representative is Anti-gun then contact one who isn't citing the fact that your representative is playing partisan liberal politics and cow-towing to special interest groups. Gary Elkins and Dan Patrick are good people to contact if such is the case.
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2009
  2. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    Excellent post and keep in mind there are a couple of other firearm bills that were prefiled before the session started.

    When you contact your reps on the open carry initiative, mention these as well.

    Potentially a big year for Texas here.

  3. Deer Hunter

    Deer Hunter Well-Known Member

    Don't forget allowing students with a CHL to carry on campus.
  4. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    Yeah, that is having trouble getting liftoff, forgot to put that one up.

    Senator Jeff Wentworth is shopping the State Senate floor looking for co sponsors.

    Call or write your Senator and ask them to support Sen Wentworth's legislation.
  5. mbt2001

    mbt2001 Well-Known Member


    Call your rep daily, call your senator daily. We are too close and failure means another two years of nothing.
  6. mbt2001

    mbt2001 Well-Known Member

    I spoke with Gary Elkins Chief of Staff and they advised that representative Riddle (R TOMBALL) who was going to introduce the legislation is now NOT going to. I guess the opponents have been vocal and the support hasn't been there.

    So unless we mobilize quick and call Riddle, Elkins, and whoever you state rep and senator are then this is DOA and we will not even get a vote.

    The TSRA and NRA are not supporting us on this, so if you are sitting on the sidelines, we will lose the opportunity....
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2009
  7. MaterDei

    MaterDei Well-Known Member

    What legislation, specifically, are you referring to, mbt2001?
  8. rbernie

    rbernie Well-Known Member

    As far as I understand it, there is no proposed legislation yet. The question is whether we can convince a state rep to introduce and back an OC bill.

    The TSRA is pushing for passage of four (4) bills:

    They have chosen not to pursue open carry in favor of these bills, and frankly I can't say that I blame them. I think that HB730 and HB1164 are far more important to extending the RKBA in texas than is OC.

    I support OC, but I'm not willing to prioritize it over campus CHL and legalizing firearms in locked cars at work. Those two bills alone will extend the reach of the RKBA far more than OC possibly could.
  9. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    I hate it, but I have to agree. If we can get carry in schools, OC would be a much easier fight in 2 years. The "blood will flow in the streets" crowd won't have a single argument left after 2 years of legal carry in schools. Too bad it doesn't cover high schools but it's progress.
  10. DHJenkins

    DHJenkins Well-Known Member

    I don't really understand the logic behind the last one.

    I would think that what we have in place is better for both ccw holders and LEO's, at least in my neck of the woods.

    Is there something that's been happening to people when they present their permit that I've been missing?
  11. rbernie

    rbernie Well-Known Member

    The current law makes criminals out of folk who simply forget to present the card. This is sad, because the presentation of the card is unnecessary - the DPS computer system SHOWS the officer that I am a CHL holder when he runs my ID.

    Forcing me to present my card does nothing to help officer safety and simply punishes folk for forgetting to show the card.

    There is no profit in such a system for anyone involved.

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