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Texas Approves Open Carry And Campus Carry

Texas Approves Open Carry And Campus Carry

AUSTIN — The Texas State legislature has passed open carry and campus carry in Texas. The Senate gave its final approval to open carry, voting 20-10 in favor for a bill that allows licensed gun permit holders to openly carry handguns. Texas currently recognizes the concealed handgun licenses issued in more than 40 states, and license holders from those states will be allowed to openly carry in Texas once it becomes law. The Senate also approved legislation requiring the state’s public universities to allow handguns in dorms, classrooms and campus buildings. The campus carry bill only allows concealed handgun license holders to carry their firearms on campus, and private universities would be allowed to opt out. Other places where concealed carry is currently not authorized remains the same. Texas has about 850,000 concealed handgun license holders, a number that has increased sharply in recent years. An amendment – the so-called Dutton Amendment – was removed by the Committee Conference. The amendment would have prohibited police officers from stopping someone solely because they are openly carrying a handgun. However, some legislators argued earlier this week that court rulings already prohibit such investigatory stops. Texas’ prohibition on openly carrying handguns dates to the post-Civil War era, and was aimed at disarming former Confederate soldiers as well as freed slaves. Gun rights advocates have argued open carry is about personal protection, though anti-gun rights groups, like Moms Demand Action, have claimed open carrying of handguns is about intimidation. Prior to Texas passing this bill, open carry was already legal in 44 states where intimidation by open carriers is not an issue. OpenCarry.org lists...
Texas cartoon shooting attackers linked to ISIS terrorists

Texas cartoon shooting attackers linked to ISIS terrorists

Muslim terrorists with links to ISIS attacked a free speech event featuring cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed. Both suspects are shot and killed by armed security guard, an off-duty cop. The difference between the Texas cartoon attack and a similar cartoon attack in Paris, France is the good guys had guns.

Kroger Tells Moms Demand Action to Take a Hike

Kroger Tells Moms Demand Action to Take a Hike

Moms Demand Action launched yet another campaign against a large U.S. business, this time Kroger. The campaign was aimed at getting Kroger to change their policy and ban firearms from being openly carried in their stores. Kroger’s current policy is to abide by the local laws in each state they operate stores in. Moms Demand  has had a poor record in their campaigns to pressure businesses to change their policies, failing to get McDonalds, Starbucks, Staples, and Facebook and Instagram to change their policies and ban guns (a few have asked their customers to pretty-please not openly carry, but have not banned open- or concealed-carry of guns, and some have flatly rejected their petitions entirely). Like many of their previous campaigns, Mom Demand Action loses – again – and Kroger becomes the latest company to reject their petition. Moms Demand took out ads, billboards, and launched a social media campaign that included sending text messages to Kroger. Moms Demand ridiculously claimed “Kroger’s refusal to enact a gun sense policy creates a dangerous environment for customers and employees alike.” In fact, Kroger’s gun policy is exactly the gun policy (i.e. the law) of each state in which they operate, allowing or prohibiting open carry, based on the law there. Kroger has opted to maintain their position that state legislative bodies are responsible to decide legal policy, rather than having retailers legislate. ON CNBC’s Squawk Box, Kroger CFO Michael Schlotman said they will not comply with the demands of Moms Demand Action, stating “our policy is to adhere to the local gun laws. If the local gun laws are to allow...

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