Texas’ Governor Greg Abbott is on a roll!
This week, during his first State of the State Address from the Texas Capitol, he made it clear that he would sign a bill legalizing open carry for Lone Star state residents, making it the 45th state to normalize the practice.
The State Senate and House are currently in the process of getting one to his desk.
A state Senate committee voted last week to bring the bill to the full Senate floor. They also are bringing a bill that would legalize concealed carry of weapons on college campuses in Texas.
“Let me briefly follow up on a word I mentioned a moment ago — liberty,” Abbott said Tuesday. “In a single word, it encapsulates what this country stands for, what Texas symbolizes. I will expand liberty in Texas by signing a law that makes Texas the 45th state to allow open carry.
After an overwhelming victory last November, the Republican side of the isle has been on a strong run to continue to push for conservative Texas values and Open Carry has been in the forefront.
Grisham and Holcomb joined hundreds of activists gathered at a rally at the Texas Capitol Saturday. Many of the speakers echoed Governor Greg Abbott in his State of the State address “Liberty” mantra.
To find out more about the Open Carry Rally in Austin Saturday see Bob Price’s article in Breitbart Texas.
There has been some debate in Texas as to whether the law should include a license, or be a true Constitutional Carry that requires no license.
While most would prefer true Constitutional Carry, most recognize licensed Open carry as a huge step that can eventually lead to removing the licensed restriction.
Texas State Representative Jonathan Stickland has been at the forefront of pushing for Constitutional Carry, promising to get a recorded vote on Constitutional Carry. He states on his Facebook page:
“While I am thankful that there is movement on Campus Carry, and Open Carry with a license, I want to reiterate that my plans have not changed. I will offer an amendment to any germane gun bill on the floor to include “constitutional carry.” Texans deserve to know where their legislators stand, and if they respect the Republican party platform they said they would uphold. I will not back down.”
Whether licensed or not, most believe that a bill will reach Governor Abbot’s desk. The Texas grassroots has worked hard to make sure their representatives in Austin understand the support of the constituents to pass this legislation.
To see Governor Abbot’s full State of the State address, you can watch it here courtesy of Fox 7 News in Austin: