Texas is a state where people care about their freedom, their individualism, and their constitutional rights. 

So it is great news that Representative Jonathan Stickland (Dist. 92) has introduced House Bill 195, which would make Texas the seventh "constitutional carry" state in the country. 

The concept of “constitutional carry” is simple:  An individual's ability to exercise his or her Second Amendment rights shouldn't depend on a “permit” from the government. 

You don't need a government license to write a book.  So why should you have to get the government's okay in order to carry a firearm to protect yourself and your family? 

Currently, Americans in Vermont, Alaska, Wyoming, Arizona, Arkansas, and most of Montana can carry a firearm without a government license.  Lest anyone fail to notice, these are not exactly high-crime areas as a result of their diligence for the constitutional rights of their citizens.  In fact, these are some of the safest places in America. 

House Bill 195 would add Texas to that illustrious list of Constitution-loving states. 

Make no mistake about it.  Under House Bill 195, if a criminal carried a gun in connection with a crime, he has committed a crime and is going to prison. 

But that's just the point:  If law enforcement is allowed to focus on the “bad guys,” rather than the enforcement of silly counter-productive, unconstitutional nitpicking, crime will go down. 

Crime will also go down if criminals have to consider the possibility that their victims could be armed and could shoot back. It's no surprise that the “dog that didn't bark” -- the mass murders that were planned but never occurred -- happened in places like the Appalachian School of Law or Pearl High School in Mississippi.  In these places, citizens with guns stopped horrific crimes. 

Texas could soon join them on the list of states where people are allowed to exercise their constitutional rights to protect themselves without asking “May I?” from the government.

ACTION: Urge your state representative to cosponsor and support House Bill 195.

HOW TO CONTACT-WRITE YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE.  

1. Proceed to http://cqrcengage.com/gunowners 

2. Enter your zip code in the box provided under “Find Your Elected Officials” on the lower right.  (Preferably, you should enter your nine-digit zip code to get the best answer.)

3. Scroll down and click on the name of your state representative.

4. Click on your representative’s website, which will be found under his or her name (upper left).

5. Find and click on the representative’s email address or webform. 

6. Take the pre-written letter below and cut-n-paste this into the email or webform. 

----- Pre-written letter -----

Dear Representative:

Please cosponsor and support House Bill 195, introduced by Representative Jonathan Stickland.

The concept of “constitutional carry” is simple:  An individual's ability to exercise his or her Second Amendment rights shouldn't depend on a “permit” from the government. 

You don't need a government license to write a book.  So why should you have to get the government's okay in order to carry a firearm to protect yourself and your family? 

Currently, Americans in Vermont, Alaska, Wyoming, Arizona, Arkansas, and most of Montana can carry a firearm without a government license.  Lest anyone fail to notice, these are not exactly high-crime areas as a result of their diligence for the constitutional rights of their citizens.  In fact, these are some of the safest places in America. 

House Bill 195 would add Texas to that illustrious list of Constitution-loving states. 

Make no mistake about it.  Under House Bill 195, if a criminal carried a gun in connection with a crime, he has committed a crime and is going to prison. 

But that's just the point:  If law enforcement is allowed to focus on the “bad guys,” rather than the enforcement of silly counter-productive, unconstitutional nitpicking, crime will go down. 

Crime will also go down if criminals have to consider the possibility that their victims could be armed and could shoot back. It's no surprise that the “dog that didn't bark” -- the mass murders that were planned but never occurred -- happened in places like the Appalachian School of Law or Pearl High School in Mississippi.  In these places, citizens with guns stopped horrific crimes. 

Texas could soon join them on the list of states where people are allowed to exercise their constitutional rights to protect themselves without asking “May I?” from the government.

Again, please cosponsor HB 195.

Sincerely,