Texas open carry has become a reality as has campus carry. Those are great things. I always found it laughable that, before the police in Pennsylvania were properly trained, some cops would harass me and other open carriers and say things like: “This is Pennsylvania, not TEXAS.”
Well, Texas has finally joined the other 45 states that allow Open Carry.
It by no means smooth sailing as Bloomberg and his cabal of astroturf supporters tried their usual shtick of fearmongering and deceitful propaganda, but to no avail this time.
HB910 went to Gov. Abbott’s desk for his signature and he signed it into law on June 13th, 2015.
Open carry becomes legal for all permit holders in the Lone Star state come January 1st, 2016.
Why the wait? I don’t know. And yes, a permit-less open carry law would have been preferable.
But where the law really stumbled was with the removal of the Dutton Amendment.
The Amendment, would expressly protected gun owners who were open carrying from being victims of police harassment. To wit:
Sec. 411.2049. CERTAIN INVESTIGATORY STOPS AND INQUIRIES PROHIBITED. A peace officer may not make an investigatory stop or other temporary detention to inquire as to whether a person possesses a handgun license solely because the person is carrying a partially or wholly visible handgun carried in a shoulder or belt holster.
To put it simply, an officer couldn’t just stop you and jack you up based solely on the act of you exercising your constitutional rights.
Doing so would be akin to a cop pulling you over just to check to see if you have a license.