Thursday, April 23, 2015
"About Rinaldi's Amendment": An Open Letter to Craig Estes
"and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."
The Honorable Craig Estes
1100 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701
Dear Senator Estes,
During third reading for HB 910, Representatives Harold Dutton and Matt Rinaldi added an amendment that would protect the fourth amendment rights of citizens lawfully open carrying a handgun that passed the Texas House with over 130 votes.
I am writing you today to ask you to ensure this amendment makes it through the conference process.
Absent the Rinaldi/Dutton amendment, police would have the authority to harass citizens lawfully carrying openly. The Rinaldi/Dutton amendment requires police to use the same "reasonable suspicion" standard they use when they suspect other criminal behavior. It's not difficult to see how, with the wrong cop having a bad day, the possibility for abuse exists.
Contrary to hysterical media reports, the Rinaldi/Dutton amendment is not a backdoor attempt to pass Constitutional Carry (we wish that it were).
Thank you for your consideration.