Is open carry really about intimidation instead of exercising the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms?
In Texas, they’re apparently pretty close to “legalizing” the open carry of handguns. Governor-elect Abbot has vowed to sign a handgun open carry bill as soon as it reaches his desk.
They allow the open carry of rifles and other long guns, but handguns must be carried concealed. So, in the state of Texas, if you carry a handgun on your hip out in public, you’re a criminal; if you carry an AR-15 on your shoulder, then you’re just one of those “gun nuts.” But even though it’s perfectly legal, you’ll still get harassed by the police for “disturbing the peace” or “resisting arrest.”
Moms Demand Action weighed in on the issue of open carry. They say it’s all about intimidation:
Ironically, the AP reports that for all its pro-gun culture and lifestyle, Texas is “one of the few states with an outright ban on the open carry of handguns.” In fact, when state legislators pass open carry legislation and Abbott signs it into law, it will mark a roll back of a “140-year ban.”