VIA| Texas just took a huge step by allowing permit holders to open carry. They are the 45th state to allow this, and we are hoping the rest will follow close behind.
Firearms owners in the Lone Star State can openly carry their handguns in public.
Texas already allows openly carrying rifles and shotguns, but has banned having handguns visible since just after the Civil War. On New Year’s Day, it’ll be the 45th and largest state to sanction some form of open carry, with California, Florida, Illinois, New York and South Carolina still banning it.
Activists with Open Carry Texas say they support the law, but that it should go farther. “Our ultimate goal will always be constitutional carry – if you can legally own and purchase a gun, you should be able to legally carry that gun without begging for government permission in the form of a license and 2nd Amendment tax,” they say on their website.
Texas had nearly 826,000 concealed license holders in 2014, which ranks among the nation’s highest. Openly carrying a gun will require obtaining the same license concealed weapons holders have — be at least 21, have clean criminal and psychology records, complete a training course and pass a shooting test. Concealed handguns are even allowed inside the Texas Capitol, where license holders can bypass metal detectors.” – Fox News