Reader DH writes,
So I was watching the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee hearing yesterday morning and yet a new tactic on the part of the Manic Moms emerged. The representative from Texas Gunsense, Frances Schenkkan, testifying against Rep Pickett’s HB 2298, started her routine by explaining that they are not associated with Bloomberg or any of his organizations…they are a local organization . . .
Local control has been a focus of a couple of issues this session, and open carry has been drawn into it by the antis trying to assert that it should be a local issue. Bloomberg and things New York and DC don’t play well to the legislators, and thus distancing themselves plays to that.
HB 2445 by Rep J. White was also heard, to better define what is an unlawful display of a firearm. This follows on to Rep. Dutton’s amendment to the HB910 yesterday, which was not motivated by his concern for the carrying public at large.
What strikes me as funny on the testimony taken is that there is this strange concern on the part of the manic moms and LEOs that OC is going to lead to rampant chaos with groups of people running around waving guns in air. I’m not sure where this has happened outside of the Middle East and Africa, but I’m kind of skeptical it’s going to happen in Austin. The bill was left pending and it didn’t seem to have a lot of traction with Chairman Phillips.