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

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Temple, TX -(Ammoland.com)- 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 www.opencarrytexas.org.

  • 9 thoughts on “Senator Don Huffines to Sponsor Constitutional Carry Legislation in the Texas Senate

    1. 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.

    2. 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, get the license, and carry on.
      Sam

      1. 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?

    3. 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 who have demonstrated our knowledge and skill would be able to carry openly. I must confess to having a similar “gut feeling,” at least initially. I also know it is true that CHL licensees are among the most law-abiding sub-groups in the entire population, and that, while it may be safe to allow them to carry openly, allowing those who have not demonstrated a willingness to jump through the legal and regulatory hoops to get a license would open the doors for somewhat less safe and law-abiding Texans to carry guns legally too. But did you notice the word “allow” in there? In our country, the citizens are considered to be trustworthy enough to own and carry (ie, “keep and bear”) arms without any further regulation (ie, “infringement”). Aside from that legal, constitutional, and philosophical “quibble,” we all know that those who are unsafe, criminally inclined, etc. are ALREADY carrying guns routinely, if illegally. It remains a fact, that the many other states that allow open carry without regulation have experienced NO problems with it for many, many decades now (with the exception of problems solely related to the behavior of police who are ignorant of the laws they are supposed to enforce). The only significant change I can see, if Texas enacts a “Constitutional Carry” law, would be that LEOs would no longer be able to bring firearms charges against criminals they see carrying, but whom they have not yet actually caught committing any other crime. I’m not at all sure that is a bad thing. Well, would we see gang members carrying openly? Maybe, but at least we’d know who was carrying. Oh wait…are known gang members not already legally prohibited from owning or carrying firearms?
      I think the major data base that is relevant in this issue is the one that shows that all the other states that allow open carry have not had any problems with it over a period of many years. Given this fact, why would you expect it to be any different in Texas? Hypothesizing problems that no one else has actually experienced in practice, is exactly how the anti-gun community always reacts to the proposal to pass, or loosen restrictions on, our existing concealed carry laws. It looks like you are doing the same thing here in regards to “Constitutional Carry.”

    4. 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.

      1. 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

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