This Is Why Constitutional Carry Will Fail This Term In Texas

BY Herschel Smith
7 years, 3 months ago

The Austin Chronicle:

In 2015, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law two provisions expanding gun rights in Texas. With House Bill 910, Texas joined 14 other states that allow open carry of firearms in public spaces with a valid permit. Senate Bill 11 implemented campus carry. The two laws, widely praised by advocates as extensions of Texans’ liberty, also ushered in a firestorm of opposition in Austin and around the state. Groups like Texas Gun Sense cold-called local businesses to see which ones would allow open carry on their grounds, hoping that economic consequences would affect businesses’ choices – and in many cases it did. Lists, including one compiled in these pages, swelled with names of restaurants and businesses opting out.

Protests against campus carry were particularly robust at UT-Austin, where organizers were dogged in resisting a law that ultimately went into effect Aug. 1, 2016, the 50th anniversary of Charles Whitman’s Tower shooting. On the first day of classes, #CocksNotGlocks protesters set off a fresh round of outrage that reverberated internationally. Gun advocates and Lege regulars scratched their heads at the level of opposition, many of them feeling the two laws functioned as a substitute for constitutional, or permitless, carry, the ultimate goal of many gun rights groups.

Constitutional carry finds itself on the legislative agenda this year. Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, has pledged his support for such a measure via HB 375, which would eliminate the licensing requirement for carrying a handgun, essentially deregulating open carry. Stickland announced his commitment to passing the law at a Jan. 23 press conference hosted by Texans for Accountable Government and Lone Star Gun Rights. “There’s been a lot of education involved,” he said, explaining why he believes the measure faces better odds this session than two years ago, when the pro-gun caucus was more fragmented. “There are a lot of groups that are coming together and saying, ‘You know what? It’s wrong that Texans have to beg for permission for their Second Amendment rights. It’s wrong that we’re forcing people to pay a fee and take a class for their Second Amendment rights.'”

But Stickland may not have as much support as he suggests. Andrea Brauer, execu­tive director of Texas Gun Sense, suggested the conservative representative is very much in the minority on the issue. Rather, she said, the priority among Capitol Republicans remains eliminating the licensing fees for open carry enthusiasts while leaving the class requirement in place, though no lawmaker has filed a bill quite yet. “I’m not hearing people say [permitless carry] is a priority except for Jonathan Stickland,” she continued.

Where are the Texans?  Look folks.  I know it’s a lot of work to stay active in these matters.  But I noticed some gun bills in formation in Arkansas a few days ago, some good some very bad, and I spent the time to get the email addresses of every state senator and a number of pastors of high profile churches in Arkansas to send out blast emails linking articles I intend to write if this begins to go badly for Arkansas.  And I don’t even live in Arkansas.

You guys have got to spend the time to be active or we’ll always be relegated to second or third class, or lower.  Our liberties are at stake.  Fill their ear up with our demands.  They won’t hear it from anyone else, will they?

Trackbacks & Pingbacks


  1. On February 3, 2017 at 9:58 am, Col. Douglas Mortimer said:

    The Wyoming legislature only meets from Jan-March thank goodness. But I had to write 2 letters a couple of days ago to voice some concerns over a couple of gun related bills moving through the process. It is always important to stay active in the process.

  2. On February 3, 2017 at 1:04 pm, Deadmeat99 said:

    Similar to Nevada legislature meeting for 120 days only in odd years yet they still do tremendous damage. This state is very close to going over the edge like Colorado did. Vegas and Clark County run the show even when the rest of the state leans conservative. If we don’t get a Republican governor in two years (not that the current one is all that great) this state will be done for.

  3. On February 3, 2017 at 1:37 pm, Phelps said:

    The Texas lege only meets for 140 days in odd-numbered years. (That’s why the last thing passed in 2015.) We also have found it best to limit the time they have for mischief. It also means that they can’t live in Austin and have to keep a REAL home in their home district. No one is making a career of state congressman.

  4. On February 4, 2017 at 8:37 am, Billy Mullins said:

    Texas’ legislature only meets for a couple of months every OTHER year. It kind of limits the damage it can do.

  5. On February 3, 2017 at 10:07 am, Fred said:

    “eliminating the licensing fees for open carry enthusiasts while leaving the class requirement in place, though no lawmaker has filed a bill
    quite yet”

    Tennessee also has a bill filed for this, although the class requirement is eliminated as well. And we also have a bill filed for permitless. I think the plan is to allow the permitless bill to fail so this compromise can get through. Incrementally advancing toward constitutional carry, taking the wins we can get, is ok by me. Then, when there is no blood in the streets we can say see; no blood, and then pass permitless. I hate to have to do it and some pro gun folks are coming out against it on principle, but they might just be playing along.

    We also have one of those 10th amendment bills. It’s weak. It denies funding and personnel from assisting the feds but it doesn’t throw, civil rights violating, feds in jail, as so far, there is no enforcement mechanism in it just no funds and personnel prohibition.

    I have been in touch with those who filed these bills and commended them and pushed for a little less wimpyness. I have also written all the pertinet committee and sub committee members on these. We have a leadership bottle neck in the judiciary committee and surprisingly it’s not reps out of greater Memphis. It’s aggravating that full on red neck counties have crappy reps. Must be outside money.

    Anyway, there has been some action so I need to write and call again. You would be surprised how few people actually do this. Someone answers the pone on the first ring and they reply personally to my emails. It ain’t hard.

  6. On February 3, 2017 at 4:25 pm, mikrat said:

    “…signed into law two provisions expanding gun rights in Texas. With House
    Bill 910, Texas joined 14 other states that allow open carry of
    firearms in public spaces with a valid permit….”

    It should read:

    signed into law two provisions expanding gun PRIVILEGES in Texas. With House
    Bill 910, Texas joined 14 other states that conditionally allow in violation of the second amendment to the constitution, open carry of firearms in public spaces with a valid PERMISSION SLIP from your elite ruling class.

    And they waited 145 fucking years for PERMISSION. This is why i and many laugh when i hear Texans claim to be free and so superior.

  7. On February 3, 2017 at 6:10 pm, Martin Cohn said:

    So the Texas legislature again has a clear republican majority in both chambers of the legislature. So it’s not up to the democrats. The republican legislators that honor their oath will vote for Constitutional Carry when it gets to the floor for a vote. Guess who that leaves?

    Lt Dan and Straus need to get off their RINO asses to get it to the floor. And the rest of the damn RINOS need to be pressured to honor their oath and vote to protect Texas gun owners Civil Right.

    That means YOU need to start blowing up their phones now and don’t let up until we get this passed!

  8. On February 3, 2017 at 6:27 pm, mikrat said:

    “honor their oath and vote to protect Texas gun owners Civil Right”

    Do you know what a Civil Right is?

  9. On February 3, 2017 at 7:11 pm, Martin Cohn said:

    I know what a Civil Right is. Sounds like you might not?

  10. On February 3, 2017 at 7:37 pm, mikrat said:

    Well you seem to think buy what you wrote that a Civil Right is the same a a natural right. If so you are wrong.

  11. On February 3, 2017 at 8:03 pm, Martin Cohn said:

    Ahh 2A is both.

  12. On February 3, 2017 at 8:41 pm, mikrat said:

    Civil Rights are Created by Governments and given to their subjects as Privileges – Like your carry Permit – its a Permission Slip created by a Government. A carry Permit is not a Right, its a Privilege that can be taken from you at any time they wish – same as a Civil Right.

    A natural Right is one you are born with as a sovereign man and always have no mater what some criminal bureaucrat says or writes. Note i did not say sovereign citizen.

    The 2A does not grant or give you or I any rights – it is only there to tell the bureaucrats/Gov that this is one of our many rights and that they are not to infringe upon it. A Right can not be taken away unless you allow them to do so – and sadly most of this country has allowed just that by accepting all the Privileges handed out like candy – yet ignorantly choose to believe they are rights.

    To state that the 2A is both a Civil Right and a Right is ludicrous. If that is what you choose to believe then you sir will always be a subject.

  13. On February 3, 2017 at 8:47 pm, Martin Cohn said:

    Dude you have no clue who you are talking to.

    And 2A is definitely an inalienable right AND a Civil Right.

  14. On February 3, 2017 at 8:59 pm, mikrat said:

    I don’t really give a shit Who I’m talking to. Dude.

    Enjoy, Subject.

  15. On February 3, 2017 at 11:15 pm, Martin Cohn said:

    You really should go back and reread this whole thread…very…carefully. You seem to have a comprehension problem.

  16. On February 4, 2017 at 8:52 am, Bill Mullins said:

    A right cannot be taken away but it can bleeping well be infringed or violated.

  17. On February 4, 2017 at 4:49 pm, mikrat said:

    “but it can bleeping well be infringed or violated”

    Yes thats true but only when the people allow it – just as the people in this country have and continue to allow.

  18. On February 6, 2017 at 9:38 am, Bill Mullins said:

    Lemme ask you something. Do YOU live in Texas? If so Do you walk around openly packing without having the state’s permission? I have other things I want to do than be a guest of TDC. If I’m gonna request a room in one of the “TDC Hilton’s”, I am damned well going to do something a whole lot more significant than unlicensed carry. If my wife dies before I do there’s a guy I intend to put 165gr .40 cal hollow points into each of the joints of his arms and legs plus two into his junk. Payback for what that asshole did to my wife – AND ME – would be worth dying in prison. Unlicensed open carry would not. Wise men once told me to pick my battles.

  19. On February 6, 2017 at 9:44 am, mikrat said:

    No not in Texas – but in one of the many other corporate states that wants you/I to get their permission to exercise a right – I do not ask permission, and i carry as needed when i want to, not when they say i can.

  20. On February 6, 2017 at 10:09 am, Fred said:

    After the first felony, the rest are free.

  21. On February 3, 2017 at 9:53 pm, StukaPilot said:

    legalist stuff and nonsense. Lethal self-defense against violent criminals and/or a criminal State apparatus is a Natural Right. Assert by doing.

  22. On February 5, 2017 at 3:06 pm, DAN III said:

    Aaaah, “Stuka Pilot” aka Haxo Amgmark aka (Not So) Wise Cave Owl aka Mohammad aka X,

    What ? No anti-semitism ? No (((echoes))) ?

    Nevertheless, I see the sociopath rears his ugly head everywhere.

  23. On February 4, 2017 at 8:35 am, Billy Mullins said:

    I would write to my state Representative and Senator but both are doctrinaire Democrats and . . . you see my problem.

    Arguing facts with a leftist is a pure waste of time. It’s like trying to teach a donkey to sing grand opera. It wastes your (and the jackass’) time and aggravates everyone around . . . including the donkey!

  24. On February 4, 2017 at 5:26 pm, mikrat said:

    “I figure we’ll get CC in the term after Mr Trump takes the oath the second time”

    We already have it – The 2A spells it out clearly and the Fed Gov/ STATE’s and Cops violate it every day.

    The STATES by enacting “laws” repugnant to the constitution and cops that just follow orders for a pay check and enforce such “laws”.

  25. On February 6, 2017 at 9:28 am, Bill Mullins said:

    If we in Texas already have what is referred to as “constitutional carry”, why do we still face a lengthy visit with the Texas Board of Corrections if we get caught carrying without the state’s permission?

  26. On February 6, 2017 at 9:41 am, mikrat said:

    Sorry – I meant We as a Nation, not just Texas.

    Because the Cops and Judges/Lawyers are corrupt and don’t care about your rights (They do NOT work for you or I) – and the people seem fine to put up with their rights being violated by those they continuously put on a pedestal.

  27. On February 6, 2017 at 11:34 am, Bill Mullins said:

    “Rights are not revocable.”

    True. But they can damned well be infringed and violated. Remember what Jefferson wrote in the Declaration, “Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes;”. I do not consider the current state of things to have reached the threshold of which Jefferson wrote – YET.

  28. On February 6, 2017 at 2:21 pm, mikrat said:

    Oh Sure they can and have infringed and violated since decades before any alive were born. Yet they continue to be held high and re-voted back into office time after time.

    The only right we really have left is what time we go to the bathroom – everything else has been turned into a Privilege and very few even know the difference, yet claim they are free.

    If it isn’t time yet, then is got to be 1/2 second to midnight.

  29. On February 6, 2017 at 2:27 pm, Bill Mullins said:

    Ya know? IMS, they tried that in Kali a while back. Some nonsense about water conservation.

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URL

Leave a comment

You are currently reading "This Is Why Constitutional Carry Will Fail This Term In Texas", entry #16541 on The Captain's Journal.

This article is filed under the category(s) Second Amendment and was published February 3rd, 2017 by Herschel Smith.

If you're interested in what else the The Captain's Journal has to say, you might try thumbing through the archives and visiting the main index, or; perhaps you would like to learn more about TCJ.

26th MEU (10)
Abu Muqawama (12)
ACOG (2)
ACOGs (1)
Afghan National Army (36)
Afghan National Police (17)
Afghanistan (704)
Afghanistan SOFA (4)
Agriculture in COIN (3)
AGW (1)
Air Force (40)
Air Power (10)
al Qaeda (83)
Ali al-Sistani (1)
America (22)
Ammunition (277)
Animals (288)
Ansar al Sunna (15)
Anthropology (3)
Antonin Scalia (1)
AR-15s (373)
Arghandab River Valley (1)
Arlington Cemetery (2)
Army (86)
Assassinations (2)
Assault Weapon Ban (29)
Australian Army (7)
Azerbaijan (4)
Backpacking (3)
Badr Organization (8)
Baitullah Mehsud (21)
Basra (17)
BATFE (221)
Battle of Bari Alai (2)
Battle of Wanat (18)
Battle Space Weight (3)
Bin Laden (7)
Blogroll (3)
Blogs (24)
Body Armor (23)
Books (3)
Border War (18)
Brady Campaign (1)
Britain (38)
British Army (35)
Camping (5)
Canada (17)
Castle Doctrine (1)
Caucasus (6)
Center For a New American Security (8)
Charity (3)
China (16)
Christmas (16)
CIA (30)
Civilian National Security Force (3)
Col. Gian Gentile (9)
Combat Outposts (3)
Combat Video (2)
Concerned Citizens (6)
Constabulary Actions (3)
Coolness Factor (3)
COP Keating (4)
Corruption in COIN (4)
Council on Foreign Relations (1)
Counterinsurgency (218)
DADT (2)
David Rohde (1)
Defense Contractors (2)
Department of Defense (210)
Department of Homeland Security (26)
Disaster Preparedness (5)
Distributed Operations (5)
Dogs (15)
Donald Trump (27)
Drone Campaign (4)
EFV (3)
Egypt (12)
El Salvador (1)
Embassy Security (1)
Enemy Spotters (1)
Expeditionary Warfare (17)
F-22 (2)
F-35 (1)
Fallujah (17)
Far East (3)
Fathers and Sons (2)
Favorite (1)
Fazlullah (3)
FBI (39)
Featured (189)
Federal Firearms Laws (18)
Financing the Taliban (2)
Firearms (1,771)
Football (1)
Force Projection (35)
Force Protection (4)
Force Transformation (1)
Foreign Policy (27)
Fukushima Reactor Accident (6)
Ganjgal (1)
Garmsir (1)
general (15)
General Amos (1)
General James Mattis (1)
General McChrystal (44)
General McKiernan (6)
General Rodriguez (3)
General Suleimani (9)
Georgia (19)
Google (1)
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar (1)
Gun Control (1,645)
Guns (2,311)
Guns In National Parks (3)
Haditha Roundup (10)
Haiti (2)
Haqqani Network (9)
Hate Mail (8)
Hekmatyar (1)
Heroism (5)
Hezbollah (12)
High Capacity Magazines (16)
High Value Targets (9)
Homecoming (1)
Homeland Security (3)
Horses (2)
Humor (72)
Hunting (34)
ICOS (1)
IEDs (7)
Immigration (108)
India (10)
Infantry (4)
Information Warfare (4)
Infrastructure (4)
Intelligence (23)
Intelligence Bulletin (6)
Iran (171)
Iraq (379)
Iraq SOFA (23)
Islamic Facism (64)
Islamists (98)
Israel (19)
Jaish al Mahdi (21)
Jalalabad (1)
Japan (3)
Jihadists (81)
John Nagl (5)
Joint Intelligence Centers (1)
JRTN (1)
Kabul (1)
Kajaki Dam (1)
Kamdesh (9)
Kandahar (12)
Karachi (7)
Kashmir (2)
Khost Province (1)
Khyber (11)
Knife Blogging (7)
Korea (4)
Korengal Valley (3)
Kunar Province (20)
Kurdistan (3)
Language in COIN (5)
Language in Statecraft (1)
Language Interpreters (2)
Lashkar-e-Taiba (2)
Law Enforcement (6)
Lawfare (14)
Leadership (6)
Lebanon (6)
Leon Panetta (2)
Let Them Fight (2)
Libya (14)
Lines of Effort (3)
Littoral Combat (8)
Logistics (50)
Long Guns (1)
Lt. Col. Allen West (2)
Marine Corps (280)
Marines in Bakwa (1)
Marines in Helmand (67)
Marjah (4)
Media (68)
Medical (146)
Memorial Day (6)
Mexican Cartels (41)
Mexico (61)
Michael Yon (6)
Micromanaging the Military (7)
Middle East (1)
Military Blogging (26)
Military Contractors (5)
Military Equipment (25)
Militia (9)
Mitt Romney (3)
Monetary Policy (1)
Moqtada al Sadr (2)
Mosul (4)
Mountains (25)
MRAPs (1)
Mullah Baradar (1)
Mullah Fazlullah (1)
Mullah Omar (3)
Musa Qala (4)
Music (25)
Muslim Brotherhood (6)
Nation Building (2)
National Internet IDs (1)
National Rifle Association (95)
NATO (15)
Navy (30)
Navy Corpsman (1)
NCOs (3)
News (1)
NGOs (3)
Nicholas Schmidle (2)
Now Zad (19)
NSA (3)
NSA James L. Jones (6)
Nuclear (62)
Nuristan (8)
Obama Administration (221)
Offshore Balancing (1)
Operation Alljah (7)
Operation Khanjar (14)
Ossetia (7)
Pakistan (165)
Paktya Province (1)
Palestine (5)
Patriotism (7)
Patrolling (1)
Pech River Valley (11)
Personal (73)
Petraeus (14)
Pictures (1)
Piracy (13)
Pistol (4)
Pizzagate (21)
Police (651)
Police in COIN (3)
Policy (15)
Politics (971)
Poppy (2)
PPEs (1)
Prisons in Counterinsurgency (12)
Project Gunrunner (20)
PRTs (1)
Qatar (1)
Quadrennial Defense Review (2)
Quds Force (13)
Quetta Shura (1)
RAND (3)
Recommended Reading (14)
Refueling Tanker (1)
Religion (493)
Religion and Insurgency (19)
Reuters (1)
Rick Perry (4)
Rifles (1)
Roads (4)
Rolling Stone (1)
Ron Paul (1)
ROTC (1)
Rules of Engagement (75)
Rumsfeld (1)
Russia (37)
Sabbatical (1)
Sangin (1)
Saqlawiyah (1)
Satellite Patrols (2)
Saudi Arabia (4)
Scenes from Iraq (1)
Second Amendment (670)
Second Amendment Quick Hits (2)
Secretary Gates (9)
Sharia Law (3)
Shura Ittehad-ul-Mujahiden (1)
SIIC (2)
Sirajuddin Haqqani (1)
Small Wars (72)
Snipers (9)
Sniveling Lackeys (2)
Soft Power (4)
Somalia (8)
Sons of Afghanistan (1)
Sons of Iraq (2)
Special Forces (28)
Squad Rushes (1)
State Department (23)
Statistics (1)
Sunni Insurgency (10)
Support to Infantry Ratio (1)
Supreme Court (54)
Survival (185)
SWAT Raids (57)
Syria (38)
Tactical Drills (38)
Tactical Gear (14)
Taliban (168)
Taliban Massing of Forces (4)
Tarmiyah (1)
TBI (1)
Technology (21)
Tehrik-i-Taliban (78)
Terrain in Combat (1)
Terrorism (96)
Thanksgiving (13)
The Anbar Narrative (23)
The Art of War (5)
The Fallen (1)
The Long War (20)
The Surge (3)
The Wounded (13)
Thomas Barnett (1)
Transnational Insurgencies (5)
Tribes (5)
TSA (24)
TSA Ineptitude (13)
TTPs (4)
U.S. Border Patrol (6)
U.S. Border Security (19)
U.S. Sovereignty (24)
UAVs (2)
UBL (4)
Ukraine (10)
Uncategorized (98)
Universal Background Check (3)
Unrestricted Warfare (4)
USS Iwo Jima (2)
USS San Antonio (1)
Uzbekistan (1)
V-22 Osprey (4)
Veterans (3)
Vietnam (1)
War & Warfare (412)
War & Warfare (41)
War Movies (4)
War Reporting (21)
Wardak Province (1)
Warriors (6)
Waziristan (1)
Weapons and Tactics (79)
West Point (1)
Winter Operations (1)
Women in Combat (21)
WTF? (1)
Yemen (1)

May 2024
April 2024
March 2024
February 2024
January 2024
December 2023
November 2023
October 2023
September 2023
August 2023
July 2023
June 2023
May 2023
April 2023
March 2023
February 2023
January 2023
December 2022
November 2022
October 2022
September 2022
August 2022
July 2022
June 2022
May 2022
April 2022
March 2022
February 2022
January 2022
December 2021
November 2021
October 2021
September 2021
August 2021
July 2021
June 2021
May 2021
April 2021
March 2021
February 2021
January 2021
December 2020
November 2020
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006

about · archives · contact · register

Copyright © 2006-2024 Captain's Journal. All rights reserved.