Open Carry Texas: A Tale of Two Law Enforcement Officers

Police Chief Art Acevedo is a political appointee. Sheriff Parnell McNamara was directly elected. Of course, that’s not the only difference between these two law enforcement officers, who both testified in the Texas Senate regarding bills enabling campus carry and open carry. Acevedo keeps the peace in liberal Austin. McNamara does his job in deep red McLennan County. Acevedo believes women shouldn’t be able to carry on campus because rapists would use the guns on their victims. McNamara believes armed citizens are the first responders. Period. It looks likely that both campus carry and permitted open carry will soon land on the governor’s desk for signature. Will Acevedo get the message and instruct his officers to leave open or campus carrying Austinites alone? Watch this space.

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Question of the Day: Should I Open Carry At Starbucks?

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Permitted open carry looks like a done deal in the Lone Star State. After considering the practical, political and editorial advantages of open carry, I’ve decided I’ll wear my gat on my hip as and when it’s permissible by law. In Austin. A city where the public radio announcers have northern or neutral accents (if you know what I mean). Schools are out, of course. As are restaurants and bars displaying the “51%” sign (where liquor accounts for more than 50 percent of their trade). And businesses displaying the 30.06 “no guns allowed” sign. Which doesn’t include Starbucks. If you recall . . .

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More Guns, Less Chipotle Ninjas? Texas Set to Become 45th Open Carry State

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“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 . . .

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What Really Scares Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America’s Shannon Watts

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“It’s official,” Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America jefe Shannon Watts pronounces at huffingtonpost.com, “the phrase ‘open carry’ has entered the American lexicon. That’s because gun extremists from Virginia to Washington to Texas and all across the country have started showing up in restaurants, state capitols, and other public places openly carrying loaded semiautomatic rifles. Occasionally donning kilts or gas masks and other attention-getting attire, these extremists look as though they are headed to battle instead of visiting their legislators or picking up milk at their local Kroger grocery store.” And so it begins: a rant that reveals what really worries Watts . . .

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BREAKING: Bodyguard for Moms Demand Action Assaults Open Carry Texas President

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We’ve already pointed out the hypocrisy on display by Moms Demand Action, the Bloomberg-funded group who demands that all Americans be disarmed and guns be banned yet hides behind their own paid armed guards. Apparently at the open carry and campus carry hearing yesterday, CJ Grisham (President of Open Carry Texas) was quietly and unobtrusively filming an interview with one of Moms Demand Action’s employees when their armed bodyguard pushed him out of the way and attempted to grab his phone (presumably to delete the video or stop him from recording). The man, pictured above in a plaid shirt being detained by Texas police (photo from OCT’s Facebook), was not arrested, but as Grisham points out it is ironic that the only violence on display at the hearing came from a paid member of Michael Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action group, not the Open Carry Texas members. Video after the jump.

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Houston Press Blogger’s Five-Year-Old Freaks At Open Carry Demo

“Funny things start going through your head when you and your five-year-old daughter are suddenly surrounded by a dozen people wielding high-powered weaponry,” houstonpress.com blogger Jef Rouner writes. A dozen? I count four. Anyway, “Mostly, you know, expletives and panic, but also an agonizing moment of loss where you are suddenly trying to distill decades of complicated gun nuttery to a child that is still convinced Doctor Who is real.” A [presumably] unsuspecting Mr. Rouner had driven his daughter into the midst of the Open Carry Texas Brazoria County Monthly Education Walk. And they survived! A much-relieved Rouner had this to say about that . . .

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Former Gov. Rick Perry Kills TX Constitutional Carry, Presidential Aspirations?

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To be fair, constitutional carry never stood much of a chance in the Lone Star State. Whether or not the [perfectly legal] demonstrations by “Chipotle Ninjas,” the “occupation” of legislator Pancho Nevárez’s office, and the thinly-veiled threats against legislators by Open Carry Tarrant County leader Kory Watkins moved the goal posts further away, permit-less open carry is DOA at the state house. Former Texas Governor Rick Perry kicked the last bit of sod into the grave with these comments [via texastribune.org] . . .

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Texas Open Carry Advocate’s Veiled Threats: Another Own Goal?

“Kory Watkins, leader of Open Carry Tarrant County, recently posted a chilling video to his Facebook page that appears to level threats at state lawmakers,” dallasnews.com blogs. For once, the anti-gun DMN is being too kind. It’s clear enough that Mr. Watkins is suggesting a non-political solution to the Lone Star State’s lack of open carry – should politicians fail to restore residents’ gun rights. Well, um, first things first. Mr. Watkins says “going against the Constitution is treason.” In fact . . .

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Constitutional Carry Bill Intro’d in West Virginia Senate

The latest attempt to expand constitutional carry comes to us from the Mountain State. SB347 would remove the penalties for carrying a concealed weapon, if the person is not otherwise prohibited from possessing firearms. From legiscan.com:

(a) Any person who carries a concealed deadly weapon without a state license or other lawful authorization established under the provisions of this code,

who is prohibited from possessing firearms under section seven of this article

shall be is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 and may be imprisoned in the county jail for not more than twelve months for the first offense; but upon conviction of a second or subsequent offense, he or she shall be is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be imprisoned in the penitentiary a state correctional facility not less than one nor more than five years and fined not less than $1,000 nor more than $5,000 . . .

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Question of the Day: How Often Do You Carry?

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Our collective hearts go out to our ballistic brothers and sisters who can’t exercise their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to bear arms. New Jersey, Connecticut, Hawaii, California – wherever gun rights are being degraded and destroyed, we’ll be there, fighting for your rights. Via internet. OK, so, how often do you carry a gun? I’m a firearms schlepper from the moment I get dressed to the moment I lay my weary head to rest, including lounging around at home. Then again, I don’t work or shop in a gun-free zone. What’s your EDC frequency (Kenneth)? Open and/or concealed?

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Texas Lt. Gov Reverses Himself on Open Carry After “Deluge of Phone Calls”

No sooner had Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick asserted that open carry didn’t have the votes to pass in the Lone Star State’s legislature than “a deluge of angry calls and comments from gun rights activists” caused him to change his tune, reports Morgan Smith in the Texas Tribune. “Announcing he had referred to committee another firearms bill — one allowing concealed handguns to be carried on university campuses by those with appropriate licenses — Patrick said he was now free to ‘focus on other Second Amendment issues, including open carry, which I have consistently supported.'” . . .

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