"Every one of the builders had his sword girded at his side as he built. And the one who sounded the trumpet was beside me.
The National Association for Gun Rights, along with Lone Star Gun Rights and Open Carry Texas, held a press conference in favor of Constitutional Carry this morning:
Dudley Brown (NAGR)
- Texas only 14th (at best) for firearms freedom.
- No one should have to beg government to defend themselves.
- 7 states already have Constitutional carry.
- Highest priority for NAGR at state lege level.
Tim Hardin (Jonathan Stickland's Chief of Staff)
- Can't compromise our basic rights.
- Current Texas gun laws "embarrassing."
- Vermont has it.
- Constitutional carry does not abolish the permit system.
- We have strayed a long way in this country from the blessings of liberty.
- Constitutional carry is a priority for Texans.
- The real question is going to be the committee chairs.
Update: NAGR sent out the following press release.
NAGR Champions Constitutional Carry in Texas
AUSTIN, TX- The National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR) is excited to be working with Senator Don Huffines and Rep. Jonathan Stickland to pass Constitutional Carry legislation in Texas.
“Constitutional Carry is the highest legislative priority for the National Association for Gun Rights, and our state affiliate, Texas Gun Rights.” said Dudley Brown, President of the National Association for Gun Rights. “The concept is simple: no one should have to beg government bureaucrats for permission to defend themselves.”
Sen. Don Huffines agreed: “We don’t seek the government’s permission to exercise our First Amendment right to speak freely. We don’t get a permit to attend church. Government should extend that same level of reverence to the Second Amendment.”
Representative Jonathan Stickland filed Constitutional Carry bill H.B. 195 early in the House in November 2014.
“Constitutional Carry works in a wide range of states from Wyoming, Montana and Arizona to Arkansas, Alaska and Vermont.” said Rep. Stickland. “It’s embarrassing that Texas currently joins gun control states like California and New York in criminalizing open carry for self-defense. The voters in Texas clearly agree, and are tired of this status quo.”
With 350,000 Texas Gun Rights (TXGR) members, and over 4 million National Association for Gun Rights members nationwide, TXGR and NAGR are America’s fastest-growing and most effective grassroots gun rights organizations.