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Open Carry in Texas

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by double bogey, Apr 28, 2011.

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  1. double bogey

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    It only allows CHL holders to also carry openly. It should allow everyone, except felons, to carry openly.
     
  3. farson135

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    Yes it should allow everyone but one step at a time. Assuming it passes then this is a fantastic first step.
     
  4. Mike Faires

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    Take what you can get, every journey begins with one step. I am sure the thought concerning only CHL holders is that they have already passed the background check and had some training.
     
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    In the real west, nobody needs any kind of permit to carry a gun, openly or concealed :)

    Which said, I look down on people who carry guns openly in public.
     
  6. nalioth

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    I wish folks'd call this what it is - "licensed open carry".


    Calling it "open carry" sends a misleading message.
     
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    I'd prefer to have "licensed open carry" as to no open carry.
    One step at a time. I just wish it would all happen faster.
    The wheels grind ever so slow.
     
  8. blutarsky

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    i think the main effect of this would be to essentially make it so you can't get in (so much) trouble if you accidentally let your cover garment ride up and show your gun without you realizing. right now that's a pretty big no-no. other than that, i'm not sure what this achieves. i mean, if you do carry openly then you'll get everyone's attention since the assumption will be that you're not licensed until you prove you are. indeed, you're inviting a confrontation to prove you can do it.

    EDIT: upon re-read of the article it becomes less clear. the committee "...wants to take the concealed part out of concealed handgun licenses. The committee voted 5-3 in favor of a bill that would remove the word concealed from the law that allows Texans to have a handgun license... the law would allow license holders to carry their weapons in plain view wherever they would be allowed to carry a concealed handgun".

    interestingly enough, in the article it doesn't explicitly say that this is in-addition-to concealed carry. it does say that the law removes the word concealed. so, first reaction was "hey we get open carry in addition to concealed carry", but by removing the concealed part of the law does it make it so you can't conceal carry and instead must open carry? i can't imagine that'd be the case, but ya never can tell.

    clearly some more directly sourced info would be preferable to get clear and definite specifics.
     
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    Actually, that's a pretty big MYTH.

    The law says you have to intentionally expose your CCW to be breaking the law.

    Windy days and grabbing the item off the bottom shelf don't count. .

    It means that if the law passes, a licensee can carry as they wish.

    The law isn't being rewritten to include "must be visibly carried" or similar, right?
     
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    Let us pray that it passes. And that this is just the first or many changes.
     
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    I'm glad to see "open carry" is getting some attention in the "leg." now. I probably won't carry openly often, if
    ever, but it is an option we all should have.

    I just hope the Texas House gets back on the "Parking Lot" bill, HB681, and gets it passed. That's the bill that allows employees to store their handguns in their car on company owned parking lots without fear of being fired
    for it.

    We need both these bills passed into law. Now! :cuss:

    Walter
     
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    One small step toward making Texas a free state :)
     
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    One step at a time -- and when Texas gets open carry, licensed or not, can Arkansas be far behind?
     
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    http://youtu.be/0b6UJsfTAnA

    No open carry in Tex? Wow, what happened? How did Texans loose the righht to openly carry a gun and who's responsable? Anyway, I like this guy in the vid.
     
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    Yeah, that video makes those in favor of open carry look *really* intelligent. :shaking head


    -Matt
     
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    Think we might be safer with the 7ft tall crackhead.
     
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    They will never do away with licenses. They want the revenue stream. I'm doing my renewal class tomorrow.
     
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    Open Carry ... no open land

    Moved to TX ... no open land, no open carry.

    Moved to NM ... ahhhhhhhhh!!!
     
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    Any updates?
     
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    azmjs wrote:
    Ummm... WHY?!
     
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    I have always wondered why Texas is regarded so highly as a gun friendly state. It wasn't so long ago that it wasn't really wise to carry a gun in your vehicle. If Texas does grant open carry where are you going to carry it openly? I guess on those high priced hunting leases. :D
     
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    doubleh wrote:

    You can already open carry on private property now (with the owners permission if applicable). So I guess to answer your question, Texans would get to openly carry in more places than they already do.
     
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    Since you can carry openly on private property with permission now how will it increase the number of places you can carry since Texas is almost totally private property? You would still have to have the owner's permission just like you do now. I don't see where you are going to gain a thing you don't already have.
     
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    It's my understanding that open carry legislation will apply to "public" places. I do admit that I have not been following the debate so I am not certain of the details.
     
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