Campus-carry and open-carry are on the fast-track in the Senate
One thing is certain, our new Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is not afraid to lead off this session with the two most emotionally charged gun bills. Campus-carry (SB11 by Birdwell) and open-carry (SB17 by Estes) are scheduled for public hearing in the Senate State Affairs Committee on Thursday, February 12, 2015. SB11 (campus-carry) has a total of 19 “authors,” enough to get the bill to the Senate floor for debate and for it to pass. SB17 (open-carry) has a total of 12 “authors” and it likely has the support of Senators who have not or will not formally “sign on” to SB17.
Remember what your Mom taught you about flies, honey and vinegar?
No issue in recent legislative history has generated as much emotion and acrimony as has open-carry. Generally speaking, there are three identifiable groups of people with a stake in the outcome of the legislative efforts to pass open-carry. Those groups will be identified, but it is necessary to first define the two different forms of open-carry legislation being considered in the 2015 Texas Legislative Session.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
If one where to believe all the hype, it would appear that there has been an ongoing battle to pass open-carry in many legislative sessions in Texas. This simply is not true, so let us look at what has transpired on this issue.
There is an organization called OpenCarry.org that was formed to promote open-carry throughout the nation. Their website has separate sections for each state and some people in the Texas section started to push for open-carry in the Lone Star State.