Wichita Falls, Tex. native and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said Tuesday he is in favor of making it legal to openly carry handguns in public, according to an Associated Press story in the Wichita Falls Times Record News newspaper, Wed., Nov. 13. Abbott took this stand in Corpus Christi during a campaign stop as part of his run for governor.
Abbott is the heavy favorite to become the first Wichita Falls native elected governor of the Lone Star State as he runs against two opponents in the Republican primary. He is expected to face Wendy Davis in the November, 2014 general election for governor.
Rep. George Levander re-introduced a bill into the Texas legislature last session known as HB-700 which would legalize the open carrying of handguns publicly. Citizens in the Lone Star State are currently allowed to carry their guns only if they are concealed in some manner. They must take a course and pass a test to receive a Concealed Handgun License (CHL).
Gun advocate Robbie Cooper said recently in Urbangrounds that he visited with the AG who confirmed to him that he did support a law to legalize the open carrying of handguns. Cooper, who said he has a CHL, said part of the significance of the new law would be to prevent prosecution of concealed handgun carriers who inadvertantly expose their handgun.
Abbott, who is currently the top law enforcement person in Texas, said he would also support the carrying of guns on college campuses.
Cooper further wrote in his publication that, "Sometimes concealing your handgun is simply not feasible or easy to do. Given Texas hot summers, it would be much easier to wear a shoulder rig over a T-shirt or on your hip rather than trying to conceal with bulky garments."
Cooper also said that 44 states currently have some form of open carry law on the books so Texas would not be venturing into unknown territory. Oklahoma, which borders Texas on the north, currently has a law which allows them to carry handguns openly in grocery stores and other public places.
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