By Dean Weingarten
Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- Governor elect Greg Abbot said that he supported open carry when he was running for governor.
Some said that he did not mean it. Shortly after he was elected, he took the time to re-iterate his support for an open carry reform, saying that he would sign such a reform if it came to him from the legislature. He said: If it is good enough for Massachusetts, it is good enough for Texas.
“If open carry is good enough for Massachusetts, it’s good enough for the state of Texas,” Abbott said.
Now he has solidified and expanded his remarks, making it clear that he will sign *any* open carry reform sent to him. These remarks strengthen the case for constitutional carry a great deal. Its opponents can no longer claim that it would not be supported by the Governor elect. Five states now have constitutional carry, and bills have passed in others, only to be stymied by a hostile governor’s veto, such as in Utah by Governor Herbert in 2013, even though it passed by over a 2-1 margin.
Greg Abbott has said that will not happen in Texas. From ktrh.com:
Another issue facing the incoming Governor is the one involving open carry in Texas. Abbott supports it, and there will be a choice for lawmakers to make between open carry and Constitutional carry.
“There will be robust debate between the two. I will sign whichever bill comes to my desk,” Abbott stated.
Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina has also said that she would support constitutional carry, in February of this year.
c2014 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included. Link to Gun Watch
About Dean Weingarten;
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.