Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Texans push for open carry

I've always found it curious that Texas, with its strong Southwestern image, prohibits open carry. Now, a group of Texans is looking to change that law.
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.

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.
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.

Update: Link to the Texas Open Carry petition is here. (Hat tip to commenter Mulligan)


Mulligan said...

link to a similar article

link to the actual petition

its my understanding that you need not be a resident of texas or a registered voter to sign

people carry hammers and chainsaws to work and they dont need permits. a firearm is a tool; any tool can be misused. i dont see any logical argument to restrict the mobility or visibility of a tool and doing so only limits the effectiveness of the tool.

David said...

Mulligan, thanks for the petition link.