Perry said he was “not necessarily all that fond of this open carry concept,” adding that those who carry guns ought to be “appropriately backgrounded, appropriately vetted, appropriately trained.”
To be fair, constitutional carry never stood much of a chance in the Lone Star State. Whether or not the [perfectly legal] demonstrations by “Chipotle Ninjas,” the “occupation” of legislator Pancho Nevárez’s office, and the thinly-veiled threats against legislators by Open Carry Tarrant County leader Kory Watkins moved the goal posts further away, permit-less open carry is DOA at the state house. Former Texas Governor Rick Perry kicked the last bit of sod into the grave with these comments [via texastribune.org] . . .
[Perry] said he prefers concealed handguns for “a more practical reason.”
“I don’t want the bad guys to know if I’m carrying,” he said. “I don’t want to be the first person shot if something’s going down.”
Well, good for you Rick! There are plenty of TTAG readers who agree with you re: concealed carry’s tactical advantages over open carry. The question is whether or not Americans should be able to exercise their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms without government infringement. Rick says no.