Today is the first day Texas lawmakers can file bills for consideration in the upcoming legislative session. Of the 123 bills filed as of 9am, Rep Daniel Flynn‘s is the only one focusing on open carry. [Click here to read the text.] As expected, the OC bill merely adds unconcealed carry to the CHL (concealed handgun license) provisions. The issue has hit the Lone Star State’s media radar. The initial reports are about as biased as you’d expect . . .
“I support if anyone wants to let’s call it ‘Open Carry’ on their side hip or whatever with a handgun I support that by all means,” CHL instructor Hector Camacho told myfoxaustin.com. “But I don’t suggest it, ok? They can grab that gun, knock you out, take that gun away from you, shoot you with it, knock you out or use it on somebody else.”
Camacho – a man who’s apparently never heard of a retention holster – gets almost all the ink. And then, on the positive side . . .
“We support both rights, we support the right to concealed carry and the right to open carry. We think it’s unethical for the state to profit off a person’s ability to defend themselves. So we’re pushing for both without a permit,” legislative director for Come and Take it Texas Justin Delosh told the news channel.
Licensed open carry still seems far more likely than Constitutional carry. Speaking for my fellow Texans, we’ll [come] and take it. And then push for more.