FORT WORTH, Texas -- Despite the Lone Star State's love affair with the gun, there's at least one firearms restriction that some Texans want lifted.While we can debate the tactical merits of open vs. concealed carry, open carry is a visible means of exercising your right to keep and bear arms, and as such makes a political statement. Basically, open carry is the more potent and useful version of wearing a "Don't Tread on Me" t-shirt. Hopefully, Texas gets its act together on this issue and removes the silly open carry prohibition.
Texas is just one of six states in which handguns can't be worn in plain view. The other 44 states, in the parlance of gun advocates, are known as "open-carry" states.
More than 3,500 people have signed an online petition asking Gov. Rick Perry and the Legislature to permit Texans to wear their handguns without concealing them.
Update: Link to the Texas Open Carry petition is here. (Hat tip to commenter Mulligan)