Theodore's World: Texas Senate Approves Open Carry — and Gov. Greg Abbott Is ‘Warming Up’ His ‘Signing Pen’

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March 17, 2015

Texas Senate Approves Open Carry — and Gov. Greg Abbott Is ‘Warming Up’ His ‘Signing Pen’

Texas Senate Approves Open Carry — and Gov. Greg Abbott Is ‘Warming Up’ His ‘Signing Pen’

The Texas Senate on Monday gave preliminary approval to a bill that would allow open carry in the Lone Star State.

Senate Bill 17 makes open carry legal for gun owners with legal concealed carry permits. Senators voted 20-11 to approve the bill for a final vote. It was a straight party line vote that pitted Republicans against Democrats.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has made it clear that he will sign an open carry bill if it is sent to his desk. He tweeted this message.

I'm warming up my signing pen: Texas Legislature Ready to Move Forward on Open Carry Bill #tcot #txlege @NRA

— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 16, 2015

KVUE-TV reports that senators “approved four amendments including delaying implementation until 2016, banning open carry on college campuses and two that would require more advanced training for police and license holders.”

The open carry bill will receive a final vote on Tuesday and is expected to pass. The legislation will then be sent to the Texas House for final approval before heading to Abbott’s desk.

Wild Thing's comment...........

Gov. Abbott is a good man, I am so glad Texas went from a good Gov. Perry to another good man Greg Abbott instead of to some leftie.

Posted by Wild Thing at March 17, 2015 12:55 AM


Myself, I don't particularly care for Open Carry. Instead I prefer concealed carry. I don't like those people who are in-your-face open carry and carry rifles and shotguns. Those types only give decent gun owners a bad name.

Posted by: BobF at March 17, 2015 09:13 AM

I wanted constitutional carry which would allow all non felons to conceal carry without a license. Maybe next legislature. I agree with Bob on the open carry attention whores.

Yes. Texas is so blessed with Gov. Abbott and was so blessed with Rick Perry.

Posted by: TomR,armed in Texas at March 17, 2015 08:27 PM