BREAKING: Texas Legislature Passes Open Carry Bill

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Watching laws being made is never pretty. And the process of passing an open carry bill in the Lone Star State would make any sausage factory appetizing by comparison, but both houses of the legislature just passed HB910. And as you can see from Governor Greg Abbott’s enthusiastic tweet above, the deed is now all but done. Yes, Texans will have to have a concealed carry license in order to tote a heater out in the open. And despite the best efforts of some die-hards, the local constabulary will be able to stop ‘n frisk ask to see the permit of anyone they spy with a pistol visible on their hip. But letting the perfect be the enemy of the good doesn’t get gun owners anywhere. It’s about playing the long game and after too much to-ing and fro-ing, Texas just took a big step in the right direction.

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Maine Senate Passes Constitutional Carry Bill

Civil Liberties advocates have a reason to (cautiously) cheer as the Maine Senate passed L.D. 652 by a vote of 21-14, which would bring full Vermont-style Constitutional Carry to the Pine Tree State. The Portland Press Herald reports that the vote was largely – though not entirely – along party lines: three members of the party of Jackson supported the bill; two members of the party of Lincoln voted against it . . .

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Texas Open Carry Update – No Cop Stop Amendment Stripped

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The controversial Dutton/Huffines amendment that was virulently opposed by police unions has now been stripped from House Bill 910, the Texas Open Carry bill. Whether that amendment “means anything” is a matter of debate, since some (such as the Senate bill’s author, Estes) say that the amendment wasn’t necessary in the first place; the US Constitution already provides the protections the amendment sought to safeguard. Regardless, the committee has stripped the amendment. Where does that leave the status of Open Carry in Texas? Well . . .

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BREAKING: Texas Licensed Open Carry in Trouble

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ShootingtheBull410 writes:

By a margin of 79 to 63, The Texas house rejected concurring with the Senate on 84(R) HB 910. That’s the Senate version of the licensed open carry bill that the House originally sent to the Senate. The Senate stripped out an amendment barring police officers from stopping open carriers to question them about/examine their Concealed Handgun License (without any other indication that a crime was being committed), then added it back. But there were a few words that were slightly different. The vote today was whether to accept the Senate’s version, or to send it to Conference Committee to hammer out the differences. The House voted to reject accepting the Senate’s modified version, and sent it to Committee . . .

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Remaining Differences in House and Senate Versions of Open Carry HB 910

In this document from the Texas legislature (pdf), the line by line differences in the House and Senate versions of HB 910, the pending open carry bill, are shown. All of the differences are in the Dutton and Huffines amendments. The Huffines amendment was said to be identical to the Dutton amendment, but that turned out to be untrue. Here is the text of the two amendments . . .

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Texas Open Carry Bill: The Saga Continues

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Reader Dan H. writes:

The Senate held the floor vote on the Senate committee substitute for Rep Phillips’ HB910. It started as expected, with the Dems using delaying tactics…basically throwing anything and everything against the wall to get something to stick. Attempted amendments this time revolved around reciprocity and attempts to tie it to the Waco biker incident, as well as rehashing the local opt-in/out nonsense, retention training, visible display of license, signage, and annual background checks. Fortunately, Sen. Estes, the Senate sponsor stuck to his guns and fended off attempts to add the eight Dem amendments intended to delay or derail the process . . .

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Astroturf Uber Alles! Moms Take On the Texas Senate

This is what anti-gun Astroturf looks like. And what it sounds like. Imagine what the Senators are thinking as Moms Demand Disarmament for America members proclaim their opposition to open carry, using “reasoning” that stretched the imagination to the breaking point. The “activists” read from the same script, over and over. What was that about The Big Lie?

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TX Senate Strips Stop ‘N Frisk Protection From Open Carry Bill

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“A Senate committee on Monday approved an open carry bill that had been stripped of a House amendment seeking to ban police stops to check for concealed handgun licenses,” statesman.com reports. “The amendment was added on the House floor last month by Rep. Harold Dutton, D-Houston, who said police have no business stopping citizens engaged in a legal activity. ‘We don’t let the police stop every car just to figure out who does and who doesn’t have a driver’s license,’ Dutton said. ‘I think the same principle applies here.'” Well yes. Yes it does . . .

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Quote of the Day: Post Biker Shootout Anti-Open Carry Commentary Edition

(courtesy Moms Demand Action - Texas)

“Open carry makes everyday confrontations potentially more dangerous and poses an unnecessary challenge on our law enforcement to determine in the heat of the event who is a good guy and who is a dangerous criminal. Perhaps Sunday’s violence will serve as the necessary wake-up call to our legislators that they should stop taking marching orders from the gun lobby.” – Angela Turner, spokeswoman for the Texas branch of Moms Demand Action, quoted in Gun control groups: Texas biker gang shooting a wake-up call [via thehill.com]

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Texas Open Carry Update: Progress?

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Reader DH writes:

Phillips’ HB 910 is scheduled for hearing in Senate State Affairs Committee on Monday. After a repeat of everything that’s been said previously by the antis in past hearings, it could go to floor as early as next week. If it passes floor vote clean, it would be good to go for Governor Abbott to sign.  If they amend it . . .
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Open Carrier’s Lawsuit Against Toledo Police Can Proceed

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There are folks who are so opposed to the right of an ordinary citizen to openly carry a firearm while they peacefully go about their business that they’ve taken to calling the police at the sight of a safely holstered firearm, unreasonably claiming fear for their lives with the intent on the part of the gun owner to sow panic. The practice – another variation of “SWAT-ing” – has caused a few issues for innocent people in the past. Several have chronicled this practice, including Charles C.W. Cooke at National Review Online, Chuck Ross at dailycaller.com, and our own Dean Weingarten and Nick Leghorn . . .

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Can Open Carry Save America from Terrorism?

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“We have 71 trained soldiers in 15 different states ready at our word to attack any target we desire,” ISIS proclaimed on JustPasteIt.com. “Out of the 71 trained soldiers 23 have signed up for missions like Sunday, We are increasing in number bithnillah. Of the 15 states, 5 we will name… Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, California, and Michigan. The disbelievers who shot our brothers think that you killed someone untrained, nay, they gave you their bodies in plain view because we were watching.” Whatever that means. What we do know is that the Garland, Texas jihadis came a cropper when a cop shot and killed them both. Assuming ISIS can launch fresh attacks . . .

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