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6 years 24 weeks ago, 10:10 AM

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Associated Press
Nov. 30, 2008, 12:14PM
FORT WORTH — Saying Texas firearm laws are overly restrictive, a group of gun advocates is lobbying state lawmakers to permit wearing handguns in plain view.

With the legislative session scheduled to begin in January, supporters of "open-carry laws" have placed ads on billboards in Houston and San Antonio and on taxis in Austin.

The Texas campaign is expected to intensify Tuesday with a radio message in Fort Worth, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin. The ad says, "We don't hide our colors, do we?" and encourages Texans to sign an online petition asking lawmakers to make Texas a place where people can openly wear their guns. More than 28,000 people have signed it so far.

"We are targeting Texas," said Mike Stollenwerk, co-founder of www.opencarry.org, in a story Sunday in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "Get ready for a showdown in Austin come January."

Stollenwerk said Texas is one of the nation's most pro-gun states and promised an "awakening" when "Texans realize how restrictive their rights are."

Texas is one of six states — along with New York, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Florida and South Carolina — in which handguns can't be worn in plain view. The other 44 states, in the parlance of gun advocates, are known as "open-carry" states.

Ralph Carroll, 48, said he views an open-carry law as another way for him to protect his three children. He said fears about increased gun violence after the passage of Texas' concealed-carry law haven't happened.

"I just simply want to ensure I have self-protection if the need arises," said Carroll, who lives in Van Zandt County. "The same reason I wear my seat belt, carry a spare tire and have a working fire extinguisher."

6 years 24 weeks ago, 10:16 AM

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It would not be Texas without a open carry. Texas sure is a pretty state to visit.

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6 years 24 weeks ago, 11:20 AM

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Texas is one of six states — along with New York, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Florida and South Carolina — in which handguns can't be worn in plain view. The other 44 states, in the parlance of gun advocates, are known as "open-carry" states.

I know of a seventh state California and it sure aint an "open-carry" states either.

6 years 24 weeks ago, 11:58 AM

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Funny law in Texas

If you are legally carrying concealed. No part of gun may be showing, not even the silhouette. Just strange is all...
Learned that as part of my CCW class in AZ.

6 years 23 weeks ago, 10:13 PM

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If TX goes open carry, I hope they require people to go through an extensive block of instruction on weapon retention. I would hate it if some moron was carrying their gun just to look cool and some crook snatched it from him and killed him with it. I would not at all mind the open carry thing, but I feel that concealed carry presents the armed individual with a better tactical advantage. The element of surprise is key in a combat situation.

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6 years 23 weeks ago, 8:37 PM

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i agree that concealed carry gives you the advantage of surprise , but open carry has its place. I can be used as a deterant if you are being stalked, or harrased. It also alows ppl who use conclealed cary a little added protection. As the law stand now if you are carring and the wind blows your jacket open or you bend in an akward way, and your gun is exposed you are techinacly breaking the law and could lose your cary licence among other things. And the more ppl that open carry, the more the non-gun enthusiasts see guns and can slowly get over there irational fear of guns. Allways good to remind ppl of your (and there) 2nd ammendment rights

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6 years 23 weeks ago, 8:44 PM

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I agree with jack

I would only add that requiring any instruction with any firearms is infringing on the individual's rights to keep and bear arms. Sure, we all know there are some people who probably should not have guns at all, let alone with them in public, but to say a gun owner is required to have some sort of training, or is required to show competency, is to fall into the liberals' ideas of "commonsense gun laws". No gun laws at all for American citizens should be the only acceptable situation for gun owners. Remember the wording is "...shall not be infringed", not "...shall not be unreasonably infringed".

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6 years 23 weeks ago, 8:53 PM

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wow runawaygun i could not agree more. But sadly generations before have slowly been giving up there rights to bear arms, so we will have to inch them back in the right direction. I sure would like to see this country as the founders intended.

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6 years 22 weeks ago, 8:14 PM

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Interesting I live in Texas and hadn't heard of this yet, I guess cause they are marketing it over on the east side.

Well I support any pro-gun laws that come into effect for Texas cause in truth I've lived in the northern states and in big cities. There everyone minds their own business, but in Texas I really feel like I always gotta look over my shoulder, like people are making sure I'm not doing anything bad, so of course I gotta make sure they're being good ha ha.

Also not to mention Texas is HUGE and if you break down in the middle of nowhere you're about 100 miles from anything with a phone, and it just takes that one person to come whack you.

Hence why I keep a shotgun in my truck.

But open-carry would deter people from doing anything, I'm sorry I'm not gonna try and rob someone I know has a weapon he might be a better shot then me.

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