Unfortunately, Texas is not nearly as supportive of the right to keep and bear arms as many people tend to think. Texas is one of only a handful of states that does not allow the legal open carry of a modern handgun. (That's right, Texas sadly ends up on the same side of the list as California and New York) Open Carry Texas is fighting hard to legalize the open carry of modern handguns in the 2015 legislative session.
We're dedicated to the safe and legal carry of firearms openly in the state of Texas.
On April 20, 2015, the Republican led house passed HB 910, the licensed open carry bill on a 101-42 vote. For the first time in history, open carry legislation has passed two chambers of the legislature. We would like to thank Chairman Phillips for his hard work in building support for this important legislation that allows handgun license holders to decide whether to carry a firearm openly or concealed in Texas and across the country.
We also are extremely appreciative of the legislature for voting to add Rep. Dwayne Burns amendment to lower the penalty for accidentally walking past a 30.06 sign from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class C misdemeanor. We'd also like to recognize and thank Chairman Harold Dutton and Representative Matt Rinaldi for their amendment which would prevent law enforcement officers from stopping law abiding gun owners simply for wearing a holstered handgun. Please send kind emails and phone calls of appreciation to these gentlemen.
We now encourage the legislature to hear and pass bills that will affect the other 97% of Texans that choose not to pay for a handgun license and surrender their rights. HB 910 is a step in the right direction for fixing the CHL, now let's fix the loss of our right to keep and bear arms.
"Our members have worked hard the past two years to make this happen," remarked OCT President CJ Grisham. "Obviously, it's not everything we've been fighting for, but if you don't fight, you can't win. Anyone in business will tell you that you never ask for what you think they're going to give you. You always ask for more and you might be surprised with what you get."
We now call upon the Senate to pass this legislation so Governor Abbott can sign it into law.
Open Carry Texas (OCT) is a non-profit, 501(c)4 organization dedicated to the safe and legal carry of firearms openly in the state of Texas in accordance with the United States and Texas constitutions and other applicable laws. Donations are not tax deductible.