Tuesday, January 24, 2017

CONSTITUIONAL CARRY and #TXLEGE: State of Play


"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."
Nehemiah 4:18

Jonathan Stickland, Lone Star Gun Rights, and Texas Firearms Celebrity Michael Cargill held a press conference yesterday afternoon to discuss where things stand related to constitutional carry; they were also joined by State Reps Tony Tinderholt, Kyle Biedermann,and Mike Lang:



Highlights:

  • Michael Cargill:
    • Texas should modernize its 1871 era gun laws.
  • Jonathan Stickland:
    • New support this session that didn't exist two years ago.
    • Wrong to make people pay to excise rights.
    • Members have been hearing from constituents.
    • New Democrat support; D's may not agree with #2A, but do agree that protectionist licensing harms our most vulnerable citizens.
  • Tony Tinderholt:
    • Part of the RPT platform.
  • Justin Delosh:
    • Texas is middle of the pack, at best, on guns.
    • 11 states already have constitutional carry.
    • Last people said the votes didn't exist for licensed open carry but it ultimately ended up passing; there's still plenty of time for the same thing to happen this session re: Constitutional carry.
    • #1 RPT platform plank.
  • Q&A:
    • House leadership will be overwhelmed with public support.
    • This doesn't effect the process by which guns are sold one iota.
    • Tom Mechler put out an e-mail saying he supports it.
    • CHL is de facto gun owner registration.
    • Threatening letters only re-enforce need for #2A.
    • Grassroots agitation has reached the point where the political self-preservation instinct of members is kicking in.
    • There's a disconnect between the courageous men and women of law enforcement who serve our communities and the "law enforcement" industrial complex at the Capitol.

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