Texas lawmaker pushing ‘Constitutional Carry’ gun bill

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January 5, 2017

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A state lawmaker wants to make it legal for all Texans to pack a pistol with or without a permit.

Two controversial gun laws have come through the Texas Legislature in the past few sessions. Legislators passed the Open Carry law two years ago. Campus Carry also allows the concealed carry of handguns on college campus.

But State Rep. Jonathan Strickland wants to take it a step further. He has authored House Bill 375, or the Constitutional Carry bill, to give all Texans the right to openly carry a handgun.

“We don’t think that Texans should have to take a required class or pay a fee to exercise their Second Amendment rights to defend themselves,” he said.

“Right now what HB 375 is looking to do is make the CHL program right now optional for folks. We don’t think that Texans should have to take a required class or pay a fee to exercise their Second Amendment rights to defend themselves,” Stickland said.

The Texas Democrats and critics worry the bill would give unstable and untrained people easier access to guns. Stickland argued gun owners would still have to meet the current requirements, but wouldn’t have to go through the process of getting their CHL.

5 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • William R. Sullens says:

    James in Texas is correct. It is a privilege and not a right. While you have the second amendment right to own a gun, you should have to prove that you have been trained and know the laws covering the responsibility to carry a gun and prove that you can meet the requirement for handling a hand gun before you receive a license to do so openly.

  • texexpatriate says:

    With jihadists streaming into the USA every day, and with many poised south of the border with criminal Mexicans who bring illegals in every day, it may soon be essential for many Americans everywhere to carry not just pistols but military-ready shoulder arms. Imagine what would have transpired today if a great many Americans had firearms over their shoulders when the nutcase opened up at the baggage terminal in Ft. Lauderdale.

  • Jim Bush says:

    “Our right to bear arms shall not be infringed upon.” That’s what the Second Amendment states. It should be followed in all states in the US.

  • James in Texas says:

    It is a “Right” that comes with a large requirement of “Responsibility”! Not “all” people will or even want to carry, and those who do so must be “trained and able” to handle this “responsibility”! Just saying………

  • chris berrian says:

    It’s not a privlage it’s a right.

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