I had no idea so many other states allowed some form of Open Carry but Texas of all places does not!
from article on Dallas Morning News by Wayne Slater:
The Legislature passed a law in 1995 allowing Texans to carry
handguns concealed under coats, in purses, or in glove compartments. But
it’s still against the law to carry pistols where people can see them.
George Lavender, a Texarkana Republican, wants to change that. When the
Legislature convenes in January, he says, he will push for an “open
carry” law. His plan is to give the more than 500,000 Texans who hold
concealed-weapon licenses the option of carrying holstered pistols out
in the open.
Lavender said he finds it ironic that freedom-loving
Texas is one of just six states not to allow some form of open carry.
The others are Illinois, New York, Arkansas, South Carolina and Florida.
An open-carry law went into effect in Oklahoma on Nov. 1.
and other gun rights advocates argue that law-abiding citizens openly
carrying pistols in public places pose a deterrent to criminals.
is Texas, and we should be the leader,” said Lavender, who was
re-elected without opposition on Nov. 6. Support for his proposal, he
said, “is very wide and deep. I think we are fixing to get there.”
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