“Let me briefly follow up on a word I mentioned a moment ago – liberty,” Texas Governor Abbott [not shown] said in yesterday’s State of the State address. “In a single word, it encapsulates what this country stands for, what Texas symbolizes. I will expand liberty in Texas by signing a law that makes Texas the 45th state to allow Open Carry.” The bill – which has yet to hit his desk – will enable “permitted carry.” Texas residents wishing to open carry legally . . .
will need a concealed carry permit to do so, which requires four hours of firearms training, a shooting test, a fingerprint scan, two photos, a license fee and a criminal background check. Will sartorially challenged [not shown] rifle-toting open carry advocates finally stand down? What will Austin matrons make of my FNS-9C? Watch this space.