5 months, 3 weeks ago
My second son Joseph was visiting from Texas over the Thanksgiving holidays, and we went backpacking on the foothills trail in South Carolina. Pictures to come soon. At any rate, Joseph is a gun owner in Texas, and I remarked how strange it is that I live in North Carolina, a traditional open carry state, while Texas prohibits open carry.
Chance Ballew with Say Uncle gives us an update to this fascinating question.
A bill for that. I often forget that Texas has some goofy carry laws. You wouldn’t think that since it’s Texas.
The report goes as follows:
Of course the TSRA is against it, as usual: “Alice Tripp, a lobbyist for the Texas State Rifle Association, said her organization backs open carry in principle, but she acknowledged that gun owners aren’t exactly clamoring for a return to the days of Gunsmoke.”
That “in principle” part is weasel speak for “we don’t support it.
The most interesting explanation comes from Say Uncle’s commenters.
If it helps, most of Texas gun laws were remnants from the carpetbagger government imposed on the state following the War of Northern Aggression.
Well, that explains it. It makes more sense than anything I’ve ever heard about why Texas wouldn’t be an open carry state. It’s about time for a change.