New York Times War on Guns Continues

"Pro-gun activists" in Austin (courtesy

TTAG reader JT clocked the New York Times article Two Ways of Dealing With Guns and writes:

I know you probably are on top of this, but the NYT is simply beside itself at Texas’ new open carry law. It would be comical if it wasn’t so outrageous. One thing struck me about this piece, though it’s not an unusual slant. It’s a way of characterizing the debate. I don’t know if they really believe that everyone in flyover country is just a mindless rube, or they intentionally mischaracterize the playing field. But they constantly refer to the status quo (the one they disagree with) as being somehow established by the gun industry, as opposed to the collective will of a nation. Here are two relevant quotes . . .

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VA Gov. McAuliffe and AG Herring Force Open Carry Across State

Press release from Grass Roots North Carolina [via]:

As we alerted you last week, Attorney General Mark “Red” Herring has decided that Virginia will cancel conceal carry permit reciprocity with North Carolina after February 1st, 2016. Under the guise of protecting Virginia citizens because North Carolina’s background check standards aren’t good enough, both Herring and Governor Terry McAuliffe have created a hostile environment for law abiding CHP citizens traveling through the state of Virginia . . .

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Texas Open Carry. Now More Than Ever! [VIDEO]

We’ll be reporting on our open carry experiences in the Lone Star State over the days ahead. Meanwhile, here’s a blast from the past – 2009 to be precise – that tells you that Texas is only now catching up with its international reputation for gun slingerness. Baby steps people. Baby steps!


Texas Authorizes Carry of Personally Owned Firearms on All Texas Military Department Installations


Maj. Gen. John F. Nichols

A TTAG reader writes:

I thought this news might interest you if you haven’t seen it. Right along with open carry starting seven hours from now, I got word that the Texas Adjutant General has released a policy change for all Texas Military Forces members. This includes the Army National Guard, Air National Guard, and State Guard along with all civilians. All personnel will now be allowed to carry personally owned firearms provided they have a CHL/LTC. In uniform, POFs must be concealed, however, out of uniform it looks like open carry is fair game. See the docs below . . .

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Sign of the Times? Texas Open Carry One Day Away

When Texas passed the shall issue concealed carry law in 1995, part of the deal concerned how people would be notified that a business did not allow concealed carry on the premises. A compromise was worked out: an entity that chose not to allow concealed carry on its premises was required to post a sign at all entrances, clearly showing people entering that concealed carry was not allowed. The sign had to be large and highly visible, in both English and Spanish. The letters had to be at least one inch tall. An example of the “30.06” sign is shown below. 30.06 comes from the statute that requires the sign. It takes up about one half of a door space . . .

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Which Gun Should I Grab For Texas Open Carry?

Wilson Combat X-TAC Commander 1911, Smith & Wesson 686, GLCOK 19 and SIG SAUER P229 Legion Series (courtesy The Truth About Guns)

I’m fortunate enough to have a wide choice of handguns to carry on January 1 when Texas “allows” licensed open carry. I’ve narrowed my choice to four models [left to right, top to bottom, as above]: a Wilson Combat X-TAC Commander 1911, a Smith & Wesson 686, a GLOCK 19 and SIG SAUER P229 Legion Series. Here’s my thinking . . .

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Random Thoughts About Open Carry and Gay Rights

Pink gun (courtesy

When I was in grade school, the worst thing someone could call you was “fag.” And boy did they ever. “You’re such a fag Farago. Hey Fag-rago.” The fact that I went to an all-boys school had a little something to do with it – but not as much as you’d think. In 1960’s America, even in “liberal” Northeast, homosexuals were regarded with contempt, disgust and discrimination. My mother would have none of it . . .

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Houston Police to People Who SWAT Open Carriers: We WILL Find You!

Texas is days away from legalized open carry (for CHL holders). In the run-up to that blessed event, the Houston Police have published an OC Q&A on the website. The first question asserts the cops’ “right” to stop an otherwise law-abiding open carrier to ask for identification – which is clearly unconstitutional – because “constitutional carry did not pass.” The rest of the post is fascinating. Especially the cops’ advice to people who see someone open carrying and get an attack of the gun control vapors. Like this . . .

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Texas H-E-B Bans Open Carry, Concealed Carry Still OK

Open Carry Kroger (courtesy

With the coming legalization of licensed open carry in Texas companies are re-examining their firearms policies. They’re determining if permitting open carry is right for them. Concealed carry follows the “out of sight out of mind” mentality, which respects a person’s right to carry a gun for self defense while keeping those more skiddish about firearms blissfully ignorant about the presence of an evil disgusting firearm. Open carry forces the issue, and makes some people feel uncomfortable. As a result . . .

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Houston METRO: Passengers May Open Carry on Buses, Trains


As of January 1, “passengers will be allowed to openly carry holstered guns on METRO buses and light rails if they have a permit,” reports. “METRO Police Chief Vera Bumpers [sic] says light rail and bus operators are being trained not to ask passengers if they have a permit. If an operator or passenger notices someone acting suspicious, operators will have to call METRO Police.” And then . . .

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Michigan Father Takes Son into School While Openly Carrying; Hilarity Ensues

Joseph Solis-Mullen and family. (Photo credit: Safiya Merchant/

Joseph Solis-Mullen is a Michigander with three kids, a job as a restaurant cook, and a 9mm S&W. On December 4, two of those led to a little run-in with local authorities earlier this week when he openly carried his pistol into the Lillian Fletcher Elementary School to sign his son into class. As regular TTAG readers know, courts in the home state of Gerald Ford, Aretha Franklin, and Eminem . . .

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