I voted Open Carry because I'm affected by it and not by Campus Carry. I also voted that way because in my totally unqualified opinion, I think that Open Carry is more "doable" than campus carry. A reintroduction of campus carry is likely to mobilize the same "save the children" oposition groups as it did last session. Lawmakers stated that they were flooded with phone calls in oposition to campus carry (my only source for this is statements that were made on this forum, I believe by Charles) .
Given the recent success in Oklahoma and the fact that Texas is only one of 6 states that does not allow it, I think that open carry will be kind of a ho-hum effort by our oposition.
Passing of open carry also has a chance at mainstreaming the carry of firearms by responsible citizens, if it's actually used by more than a handfull of folks. As long as we have to continue hiding what we are doing, then the public will never get educated to the crime reducing element of citizins carrying weapons. I know that there is a decided tactical to carry concealed vs carrying open, but there is a political advantage to a large number of Texas citizens carrying openly. I'm not referring to the idiots who are all over youtube baiting cops and refusing to provide ID, I'm refering to normal folks going about their normal everyday business while open carrying. If passed, I would probably open carry while in very low risk locations but would concealed carry while in locations that I did not know the risks or felt at all uncomfortable. I would NEVER be one of those idiots parking at a gas station and open carrying while walking a couple of miles down a roadway, those idiots give the rest of us a bad name.
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