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Old 04-18-2015, 01:23 AM
 
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Good for them.

Texas on the verge of allowing

Too bad as Texas goes so does the nation isn't in the cards.
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Old 04-18-2015, 02:29 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Requires a license? I gues baby steps are better than nothing.
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Old 04-18-2015, 04:59 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Requires a license? I gues baby steps are better than nothing.
Mmmmmm, when I stated that as a "counter" to someone saying on FB "Yea for gun rights!", another noted that such a bill, do away with the licenses, had been brought up but it didn't make it this session.......so they said.

As it is, on the face of it, I will probably go after such when I get the time, probably after the current moving crisis is over. I'd like to think that having a CHL and an open carry covers one's in all situations, such as they see yours when you are carrying concealed.......................

.......................but being the legal pessimist I am, that is probably not the case.
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Old 04-18-2015, 09:49 AM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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Actually, accidental exposure is already covered - and is not a chargeable offense. Texas went licensed CC 20 years ago, to the dire warnings of "blood in the streets", and with a LOT of restrictions as to where/when/how you could carry, so a lot of the pro-gun folks were upset with it as well.

Others of us pointed out that it was the nose of the camel, and that with patience and work, the right to carry would be expanded. This year, campus carry, open carry and other issues are on the table to further expand those carry rights, which is a good thing.

Many are now saying that Constitutional Carry is actually possible within the next few legislative sessions (Texas only has sessions every other year). It would be an interesting turn of events.....

Speaking personally, there are few times when I'd OC - but having the option of that is what I want. Kinda like mandatory motorcycle helmets - I spent a lot of time in THAT fight, and when we finally could see the writing on the wall I was leaving a meeting with a legislator who had been deadset against allowing the legislation. One of her aides commented as I was leaving "Well, I guess you'll be happy not to be required to wear a helmet any more."

I turned and looked at her, replying "M'am, I ALWAYS wear a helmet - it's just that I prefer to exercise my own personal prerogative."
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Old 04-18-2015, 10:48 AM
 
Location: CasaMo
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Good. I don't carry concealed or open, but I still support it and believe in the right to bear arms.

I saw the Open Carry Texas group downtown. It didn't bother me in the slightest.
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Old 04-18-2015, 07:17 PM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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Guess what the only state with actual constitutional carry is?

Vermont!

We have open carry in Virginia, but you don't see it a lot, at least in the more developed parts of the state. I don't see it being a problem; people who are up to no good are not going to invite police attention by carrying a weapon in the open.

If I saw someone with a handgun in a holster in Northern Virginia, I would probably assume they're off-duty LE, even though anyone can openly carry, aside from a few restricted types of venue.
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Old 04-18-2015, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Arizona allows concealed carry without a permit.
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Old 04-18-2015, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Good for them.

Texas on the verge of allowing

Too bad as Texas goes so does the nation isn't in the cards.
?????

It's the other way around in this instance. Texas is trailing the rest of the nation. 44 other states allow open carry and Texas will become the 45th assuming it's signed in to law.
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Old 04-18-2015, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Katy, TX
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One thing I loved about VA was open carry. No permit required. I had a friend who was raped. She now open carries, holster on her hip. She would always say when I'm in a parking lot and someone is looking to target a female, it won't be me. I would love to see more people open carry so it becomes the norm.
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Old 04-18-2015, 11:27 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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One thing I loved about VA was open carry. No permit required. I had a friend who was raped. She now open carries, holster on her hip. She would always say when I'm in a parking lot and someone is looking to target a female, it won't be me. I would love to see more people open carry so it becomes the norm.
Actually it could have the opposite effect. Someone actually could target her first, being that she has a gun, depending on what type of crime they want to commit. They could also target her to steal her gun.

Now I know that's going to open up a big can of worms and start an argument that's been going on for a long time, but it could happen. Doesn't mean it will, but it could.

Down in Florida a few months ago, a guy was spotted putting his legal concealed weapon in his wasteband and some nutcase tackled him to the floor in a walmart.

In another instance, a guy was walking around with his open carry weapon, some dude came up to him and asked if he had a cigarette, then pulled his own gun out and said "I like your gun, give it to me"....

I support the right to open carry if you wish, but on a personal level, It's not something I could see myself doing, outside of a political rally or in the field. Just my personal preference.
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