Don’t mess with Texas… We’re a little crazy and have a lot of weapons.
Texan readers probably remember the “campus carry” law that our state passed not too long ago, allowing people to conceal-carry guns on college campuses. A lot of people mocked it for being dumb, at best, and irresponsible at worst. “Why is Texas so gun-obsessed?” they asked. “They couldn’t possibly do anything more silly or stereotypical, could they?” they asked.
And Texas replied, “Hold my beer and watch this!”
On the dock for 2017 is House Bill 375. Authored by Representative Jonathan Strickland (Republican, of course,) the “Constitutional Carry” bill would allow all Texans to openly carry a gun whether or not they have a permit.
The Texas Tribune reports: The idea, according to Stickland, is that Texans shouldn’t be forced to take a course and pay a fee to exercise their Second Amendment rights. If passed, Texas would be the 11th state to allow constitutional carry.
Hold up… there are 10 other states that beat Texas to this? Texas is behind the curve on loose gun laws?!
While it’s completely predictable that a Texas Republican introduced this bill, it is even more predictable that Texas Democrats (rumor has it they exist) are opposed to it.
State Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, a critic of both the campus carry and open carry laws, said constitutional carry “seems to be an unnecessary thing.”
And Moms Demand Action, a group that advocates for tighter gun control, will fight the constitutional carry proposal, according to a spokeswoman, Nicole Golden of Austin. Under Stickland’s bill, there would be no way to tell whether people carrying handguns in public have a permit or have been trained, she said.
Oh please, this bill is totally necessary! Being forced to receive training on how to be a responsible gun owner goes against my Constitutional rights! If I want to carry something capable of killing someone or myself, it’s my right as an American to be a potential threat to everyone around me! I mean, it’s not like police or soldiers get trained on how to use firearms, right?
I, for one, am glad Texas is fighting the truly important battles, and not wasting time on unimportant stuff like infrastructure, education reform, or expanding the state economy.