Senator Don Huffines to Sponsor Constitutional Carry Legislation in the Texas Senate

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Temple, TX -( Open Carry Texas is proud to announce that Senator Don Huffines (R-SD61) has agreed to sponsor constitutional carry legislation authored by our organization and the National Association for Gun Rights.

Open Carry Texas and The National Association for Gun Rights will hold a joint press conference with Senator Huffines at 11am on January 15, 2015.

The press conference will be held at The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701. Since June 2013, OCT has been the tip of the spear in the fight to return constitutional values to Texas. We believe that when the state requires a license to exercise a fundamental right that it ceases to be a right and becomes a privilege, subject to the approval and discretion of the government.

Constitutional carry legislation, if passed, would legalize unlicensed open and concealed carry for every Texan able to own a firearm. Our bill would not abolish the Texas Concealed Handgun License, preserving reciprocity for those that choose to obtain one. Currently, 44 states allow some form of open carry – Texas isn’t one of them. Of those, 31 states –two thirds of them – do not require a license to open carry. Currently, only five states enjoy constitutional carry and the low crime rates that come with it. Our goal is to make Texas number six!

Open Carry Texas is dedicated to the safe and legal carry of firearms. Our mission is to bring more gun rights to Texas and restore our reputation as the pro-gun capitol of the country. As the largest and fastest growing, gun rights non-profit organization in the state, Open Carry Texas will continue to fight to remove barriers that stand in the way of Texans’ right to keep and bear arms for self-defense.

For more information, contact CJ Grisham at [email protected] 254-383-8238.

About Open Carry Texas

Our purpose is to 1) educate all Texans about their right to openly carry rifles and shotguns in a safe manner; 2) to condition Texans to feel safe around law-abiding citizens that choose to carry them; 3) encourage our elected officials to pass less restrictive open carry legislation for all firearms, especially pistols; and (4) foster a cooperative relationship with local law enforcement in the furtherance of these goals with an eye towards preventing negative encounters. For more information, please visit

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This headline is deceptive, as is OCT’s characterization of it as “constitutional carry”.

With a license required to carry (either open or concealed), and a long list of places where one cannot carry at all (churches, schools, etc), how exactly is this enabling the bearing of arms without infringement?

I say, stick to black powder and carry whenever, wherever, and however you wish, already legal today in TX.


I am not supportive of open or concealed carry – without a Texas CHL. There are multiple places that guns are not allowed by State law – such as schools, athletic events, court houses, polling places, etc. Without attending the class, there would be many who could violate Texas law, create a law enforcement encounter and a possible arrest, and possible even precipitate a violent incident. Additionally, gun safety is also taught, which can help avoid personal tragedy as we have recently seen when a 2 year old shot his mother. Go to the class, pass the test and proficiency,… Read more »


Carry on, but only if Daddy government says it’s OK, right?

Martin Cohn

I don’t support your right to exercise your 1A right without a training class and permit/licensing fee. Why should you get to exercise your Civil Rights without classes and fees if I can’t exercise my 2A Civil Right without them?


If you can only carry openly if you have a concealed carry license, doesn’t that mean that everyone who sees you carrying openly will immediately know that you have a CHL? If that is the case, what is the benefit of having a CHL? In that case, why should the list of CHL holders not be made public information? I suspect that you probably hold your position because you feel that the background checks and training requirements necessary to get a CHL are an important safeguard to ensure that only “safe” individuals get licensed, and thus, only those of us… Read more »


What about the 2nd admendment? Do you think “shall not be infringed” should be ignored?

Native Son

I have a concealed carry permit in Texas. In the summer it is very difficult to maintain concealment with the Texas Heat. I am for open carry, but it must be with a Concealed Carry Permit.


Why would you want everyone to have a concealed carry? Registration of people is worse than registration of weapons. Oh, I see. You are afraid that all those folks that open carry cannot be trusted. Who died and made you the maintainer of the status quo? Shame on you and you call yourself “native son”???? What does the 2d Amendment say? Maybe you need to read it again and give YOUR name to pelosi and the dims and the rinos in congress.

’nuff said

Ol’ Vet

Gregory Romeu

Using your logic, I guess you must pee with the toilet lid down?