A bill to allow concealed carry permit holders to also carry openly recently passed out of the Texas House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security & Public Safety. As the bill now heads to the floor of the House for a vote, it’s important that all representatives once again remember that Texans support the right to keep and bear arms.
Introduced by Rep. George Lavender (R-Texarkana), HB 2756 will allow Concealed Handgun License (CHL) holders to carry a handgun openly, something that is permitted in a majority of states in the country but prohibited in Texas.
This common sense legislation will also protect people who carry concealed from running afoul of the law inadvertently, or by simply removing a jacket.
Of course, GOA and our friends at the Lone Star Citizens Defense League support Constitutional Carry, wherein a citizen is not forced to go to the government to get permission before being “allowed” to exercise a constitutional right such as the right to bear arms. By decriminalizing open carry for CHL holders, HB 2756 is an important step in that direction.
Please contact your Representative and urge him or her to support the right to keep and bear arms and to vote for HB 2756.
You can click HERE to locate your member of the Texas State House of Representatives.
Feel free to cut and paste the pre-written letter provided.
I urge you to vote in favor of HB 2756, a bill to allow Concealed Handgun License (CHL) holders to carry a firearm openly as well as concealed.
Gun control proponents, of course, oppose the modest step taken by HB 2756 and they talk about the potential misuse of firearms that are carried openly. Many of the same arguments they use today, however, were used against concealed carry more than fifteen years ago. Yet CHL holders have proven, over the course of the ensuing years, to be among the most law-abiding segment of society.
Please support the right to keep and bear arms and vote for HB 2756.