First and foremost, Texas is not an “open carry” state. An open carry state is one of the 32 states that allow a citizen to openly carry a handgun without a state-issued permit. Iowa also allows it outside of city limits. Most of these states are open carry for the simple reason that their legislatures never passed a law forbidding it.

Texas is one of the the sixteen states that requires a permit to carry a handgun anywhere but on a person’s own property, a place of business under their management or control, or a motor vehicle or watercraft which they are operating.

Open carry in Texas was simply an expansion of the old Concealed Handgun License to permit open carry in a belt holster or shoulder holster.

Texas and California are the only states located entirely west of the Mississippi River to require a permit to carry in all circumstances.

You can also legally carry a sword, dagger, stiletto, Bowie knife, katana, or other edged weapon, as well as any rifle or shotgun, including an AR-15, in Texas. No permit required.

Some of the 32 open carry states also allow a citizen to carry a concealed handgun without a permit. These are the “constitutional carry” states. Up until 2003, Vermont was the only constitutional carry state. In fact, Vermont doesn’t even have a method to issue a carry permit. In 2003, Alaska joined Vermont, eliminating the requirement to have a permit to carry a concealed handgun. As of March 2019, fourteen more states have enacted constitutional carry or comparable legislation. The four states with the lowest homicide rates in the United States are all constitutional carry states.

FYI: Texas passed its first-ever handgun carry permit in 1995. Since 1995, the homicide rate in Texas has plunged nearly 45%; the violent crime rate has fallen over 34%.

The courts are also turning back the tide of gun control.

In the case of Young v. Hawaii, the Appeals Court for the Ninth Judicial District not only ruled that Hawaii’s refusal to issue carry permits was unconstitutional, it ruled that open carry is a constitutionally protected right. An appeal of that ruling is on hold until the Supreme Court rules in New York Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New York this fall. The scope of the decision in that case could mean that laws pertaining to open carry and bearing arms will either be null and void or at least have to be revisited. It’s ironic: New York City prides itself on its gun control laws, but is now trying desperately to avoid the Supreme Court by attempting to repeal the ordinance that triggered the lawsuit.

In Duncan v. Becerra, a U.S. District Judge determined that California’s high-capacity magazine ban was unconstitutional and violated multiple amendments in the Bill of Rights. He not only found that the state’s confiscatory law violated the Fifth Amendment’s prohibition of governmental seizure of property without just compensation, he rejected the entire argument for magazine restrictions.

States are turning into hotbeds of dissent, too. Over half the counties in Illinois and Washington state have declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries where laws deemed unconstitutional will not be enforced. Voters in eight Oregon counties approved measured prohibiting the use of county assets, including funds and personnel, to enforce gun laws the sheriff determines to be unconstitutional.

The March for Our Lives was a carefully orchestrated, heavily funded media event parading as a youth movement. You’ve been suckered.

You might want to take a moment and compare the reactions of the Parkland community to the Santa Fe community. It’s very instructional.

Multiple surveys indicate millennials are actually less likely to support gun control than other age groups.

Of course, you’re welcome to think and speak as you wish. Just don’t be surprised if it turns out that reality isn’t quite what you have envisioned.

Professional writer. Passionately interested in facts. Founder of onewordtexas.org

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