2 weeks ago
Houston Chronicle, the history of the open carry bill in Texas from Texas Senator Joan Huffman.
There is also a misconception that the Legislature did not listen to law enforcement or care about their input on open carry legislation. It is true some police had objections and opposed the law, and most made it clear that if open carry of handguns were to become law they strongly requested that a license requirement remain and that a holster requirement be made part of the law. Texans must still be licensed and can only openly carry a holstered handgun.
I fought hard in the Senate to remove a House amendment to HB 910 that law enforcement groups strongly opposed. This amendment would have prohibited a peace officer from making a simple investigatory inquiry or other temporary detention to see if a person openly carrying a handgun in fact has a license. I worked with law enforcement to ensure the amendment was removed before HB910 finally passed. It was removed, much to our relief.
The permissive, licensed open carry of handguns has been the law for almost a year now, and I believe there has been little or no effect on law enforcement. In fact, it appears so far the right to openly carry is rarely exercised. I am currently conducting a written survey of the heads of law enforcement around the state asking about their experiences regarding the open carry of firearms. The Legislature will continue to monitor these important policy issues to ensure that public safety remains at the forefront of our discussion. The causes of these tragedies will continue to haunt us. But there is no benefit in blaming a law, a political organization, a political party or a person – other than the killer. I think we can all agree that the answers are much more complex than that.
Well, Joan wants to straddle the fence and keep one foot in the liberty pasture, with another in the collectivist field. But it’s good to know just who was responsible for what, yes? It supplies you with better optics when the enemy self-identifies.
Her assertion that the open carry bill has had little or no effect seems to be tied to the notion that this is a rarely exercised right. The corollary is that if people actually exercise their rights, then it would be unsafe and the police would be adversely effected.
We’ve covered this before in the context of the Dallas shootings. The fact that an open carrier had his picture posted on Twitter is completely irrelevant and didn’t hamper law enforcement in the least. The officers who responded were fighting for their lives as they engaged in CQB with the shooter. What Twitter did or didn’t say wasn’t even remotely part of their thinking. That was all done by different officers, and by the way, if a shooter was going to kill multiple police officers, do you think he would post his picture on Twitter? Really, people. Do I have to come teach LEOs basic common sense?
As for what law enforcement wants, I couldn’t care less. Communist Art Acevedo (who assisted and supported federal agents conducting forcible, random blood draws at a DUI check) won’t be happy until everyone is in shackles and chains wearing the uniforms of slave labor except his own department.