Looking for gun control? Look in the large, Democrat-controlled urban areas of America. Gun rights have gone bye-bye in Boston, Chicago, Hartford, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco and Trenton. Politicians in these gun control havens have an answer for people who point to other states’ gun rights. What works in the wilds of Wyoming won’t work on the mean streets of Manhattan. Densely-populated cities have special needs. Hang on. What about Atlanta, Dallas, Miami, Phoenix, Nashville and Kansas City? Pay no attention to the firearms freedom behind that curtain! We’re on a mission here! Like this . . .
Texas lawmakers hoping to make it legal to openly carry handguns in the state often point to a surprising statistic: Texas is one of just six states that prohibit it. That may soon change, if a measure lifting some of the state’s handgun restrictions continues to advance in the Legislature.
But a Texas Tribune analysis of gun laws nationwide shows the “one-in-six” figure paints an incomplete picture — particularly when it comes to allowing open carry in highly populated urban areas. That’s because many of the nation’s biggest cities are congregated in the states that prohibit it.
If Texas passes Republican Sen. Craig Estes‘ bill, which would allow permit-holders to openly carry holstered handguns, Houston and Dallas would become the largest metropolitan areas in the nation to allow it. Among the top five metro areas by population, they would be the only two where handguns could be carried openly.
And? Surely that’s a good thing, not a bad thing. texastribune.org‘s three – count ’em three! – writers are quick to point out that the large cities that “allow” open carry (e.g. Philadelphia and Detroit) have plenty o’ regulations restricting who can openly pack heat on their hip. Their laws are “more restrictive” than the proposed Texas open carry laws.
As if that’s a good thing. The writers also neglect to mention the fact that Texas’ “less restrictive” law will create permitted open carry. To open carry in the Lone Star State, Texas residents will have to complete four hours of training, undergo a criminal background check, submit their fingerprints and pay a fee. Not that I agree with any of that, but there it is. Or should be. (In the article, I mean.)
The Trib offers a handy chart of cities that have open carry, and the laws regulating the practice. So … who cares? As our man Krafft points out on a regular basis, “the freedom to own and carry the weapon of your choice is a natural, fundamental, and inalienable human, individual, civil and Constitutional right — subject neither to the democratic process nor to arguments grounded in social utility.” No matter were you live.