“During the 2015 legislative session, lawmakers approved the open carrying of handguns by licensed Texans,” kbtx.com reports. “As the 2017 session approaches, some in law enforcement are asking those lawmakers to revise the current law.” Some? Well, at least one . . .
The executive director of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas says they won’t push for a repeal of the law, but will make suggestions for changes to help law enforcement.
Brazos County Chief Deputy Jim Stewart [above] says he supports revisions to the open carry law.
“The open carry is focused more on pistols, and in my personal experience, I’ve seen one person since the law went into effect openly carrying a pistol. I think these folks with the long guns, with rifles slung over their shoulders, that is of concern of me,” said Stewart.
“That’s not covered under open carry. They’ve been able to do that for years, but particularly as we experienced in Dallas where the shooter was shooting with a long gun, how are they to know who the shooter actually was when you have so many people going around with long guns?”
Note to Chief Deputy Stewart: the guy shooting at innocent people is the bad guy. And the fact is that the Texas licensed open carry law didn’t need to cover the open carry of long guns because it was already legal.
Even in Texas, statists gotta state.