Newly elected Texas Gov Greg Abbott affirms support for open-carry
Attorney General Greg Abbott affirmed his support for allowing Texans to openly carry handguns at his first press conference after being elected governor.
“Throughout the campaign I announced my support for open carry in Texas,” said Abbott when asked about the issue at the Texas Capitol.
Abbott said Texas is one of only a handful of states that doesn't allow open carry of handguns. . . .Who knows how honest the Democrats' gubernatorial candidate in that race, Wendy Davis, also said that she supported open carry. From Politico:
The Wild West tradition of openly carrying your six-shooter on the street has long been banned in Texas under state law. But the next governor could change that.
Rising Democratic star and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has joined her top Republican rival in supporting a proposed "open carry" law. It would allow people with concealed handgun licenses to wear a pistol on their hip, in full view, while in public. . . .I am skeptical of the benefits of open carry for reasons that I have detailed before. Still, passage of the law has one benefit, it will presumably stop those people who are openly carrying long guns into public places. Hopefully, open carry advocates will realize that it is best for them to lay low and not create more of a ruckus until the legislation gets passed and then that they will openly carry only handguns, which is what I understand that they have been wanting all along.