Texas House Gives Approval to Openly Carry Handguns

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The Texas State House of Representatives have given the final legislative approval that will allow for people to openly carry handguns in the state. House Bill 910, championed by Representative Larry Phillips (R-Sherman), will now allow people with recognized concealed carry licenses to outwardly carry handguns in a hip or shoulder holster. Currently, it is lawful for Texans to openly carry shotguns or rifles without any type of license.

The bill was sent through the Texas House on Monday with a vote of 101-42. Last week, after almost five hours of unsuccessful debate by Democrats, the House had preliminary legislative support by an initial vote of 96-35. On Monday, Democrats once again were barred from amending the legislation with their terms to allow metropolitan areas like San Antonio and Houston to opt out.

The bill will now go to the Senate for a committee debate. The Senate’s companion bill passed through fully in March, but has yet to be heard by the Texas House committee. Governor Greg Abbott has stated he will sign any legislation that furthers the rights to openly carry handguns in the state.

By Alex Lemieux



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3 Responses to "Texas House Gives Approval to Openly Carry Handguns"

  1. Jim Denny   April 20, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Its about time!We all know that people that do wrong carry guns.!!But Now Decent people can protect them selves from being robbed or held up.Now crime does not have the upper hand.Its about time that we dont have to wait till the police come to our rescue.We have a chance to protect ourselves.But so far thats only in Texas,Florida,and a few other states.

    • Jorge   April 22, 2015 at 10:09 am

      16000 firearms deaths a year and you think open carry is the answer? WTF

      • Jim Denny   April 22, 2015 at 4:41 pm

        16000 people are shot, robbed,held up,by someone with a gun.also the 16000 deaths are commited by the people that are felons.Not the people that can legally carry a firearm.those people know how to carry and use a firearm safely and fire and protect them selves from those type of people.The 16000 deaths you speak of who caused those deaths.WTF?

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