Several open-carry bills were pre-filed for the 2015 Texas Legislative Session and it is likely at least one or two more will be filed after the session begins. One of the pre-filed bills is HB195 by Rep. Stickland. It is the only open-carry bill that would allow all Texans to carry a handgun without requiring a Texas Concealed Handgun License (CHL).
As recently as the summer of 2014, chances for passing open-carry in the 2015 Texas Legislative Session appeared dim, very very dim. (See "Is Open-Carry Dead in 2015?") A small number of radical open-carry supporters had been carrying long guns into stores, restaurants, along highways and some even appeared to bait police officers into confrontations when those officers responded to calls by concerned citizens. Whether accurately or otherwise, reports of these “demonstrations” were broadcast on TV stations all over the State and this prompted a mass of calls to the staff of Texas Senators and House Members demanding that Texans not be allowed to carry firearms openly. The prospects for passing open-carry were bleak and a few examples of what was going on will reveal why.
The Texas Firearms Coalition is proud to endorse Joseph P. DeBergalis, Jr. for reelection to the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association. I have served on the NRA Board of Directors since 2001 and I have never seen a harder working, more dedicated Board Member than Joe.
A good work ethic, though important, does not fully describe a man. I serve on committees with Joe, so I have a very good opportunity to see him in action. Two years ago we served together on the NRA Nominating Committee. (You can only serve on that Committee every five years and never when you are up for reelection.) All Nominating Committee discussions and deliberations are confidential so I cannot discuss any particulars.