Arkansas Governor: Open Carry Is Legal! Unless It’s Not. Unless It Is.

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Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has finally brought some clarity – but not much – to the Natural State’s open carry law. The right to keep and bear arms openly was thrown into confusion by Act 746 of 2013. Then Attorney General Dustin McDaniel declared that the law – allowing permit-less open and concealed carry – only applies to people carrying firearms while “on a journey across or through Arkansas.” This weekend, Governor Hutchinson pronounced that . . .

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Random Thoughts About Open Carrying In Santa Fe

New Mexico History Museum main foyer (courtesy The Truth About Guns)

I was at the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe yesterday, open carrying my Wilson Combat X-TAC 1911. The moment my daughter and I walked in we immediately ran into trouble. She was sipping on a fresh watermelon juice; verboten libation in the surgically clean minimalist museum. A friendly lady of a certain age sold us tickets, described the exhibits and advised Lola to put her drink in a locker. As we approached the designated drink storage space a security guard sitting by the door began whispering into his headset cord. Uh-oh . . .

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Can The Police Stop a Texas Open Carrier to Check for a License?

A raging debate nearly derailed the new Open Carry law in Texas (which will take effect on January 1). It centered around the so-called “Dutton Amendment” or “Dutton/Huffines Amendment.” Briefly stated, the amendment forbid police officers from stopping and detaining an open-carrier to check them for possessing a handgun license – if their suspicion that a crime is being committed is solely based on the evidence that they were carrying a gun.  This amendment was excoriated by Austin Police Chief Acevedo when it was first adopted . . .

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Sara Tipton: The Importance of Open Carry

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Like most of you, I’ve had a lot of annoying conversations with hoplophobes. People who’d love nothing more than to see the government ban all guns from all civilians, and take them away from those who already have them. Remembering all the anti-gun “arguments” is like trying to recall what I had for lunch two months ago, but I remember the “good” ones . . .

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Maine Constitutional Carry Passes Senate and House

LD 652 (SP 245), “An Act To Authorize the Carrying of Concealed Handguns without a Permit”  passed  the Senate, 23-12, last Friday. Yesterday, the Maine House  passed a lightly amended Constitutional Carry bill, 83-62. The House added two amendments to the bill.  “More votes are required in the Senate before the bill moves forward,” pressherald.com reports, “for procedural reasons and because the House adopted two amendments to the bill. One would require anyone under age 21 to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon. The other would require a person carrying a concealed gun to . . .

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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

Texas star (courtesy squareup.com)

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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