This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
Last month, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 910, also known as the “open carry bill.” The bill will allow licensed Texans to openly carry their handguns in a hip or shoulder holster, starting January 1, 2016. Private businesses will still be allowed to prohibit handguns within their premises as long as they post the proper signs. Under the version that was approved, law enforcement personnel have the authority to stop and question someone who is carrying to check for a gun license.
What’s your perception?
There is quite a bit of controversy about this new law, even within pro-gun citizens. Some critics feel that openly seeing handguns in everyday places like movie theaters and stores will just make people anxious. Picture this: you go to a restaurant and see five individuals with handguns on their side holsters. How would you feel? Would you start to wonder if these people are responsible types, who are properly trained in using their guns? Or would something set them off, then a fight and shoot out ensues? On the other hand, these same five people could have had concealed handguns all along, but you never noticed and therefore you never really thought about it. People have their own perceptions about guns being carried, and once it is out in the open they will have to deal with it.
My brother in law Bill has been waiting for this bill to be signed and he is gratified that it will finally go into effect. He’s had his concealed carry license for years and feels this new law upholds the 2nd Amendment and celebrates freedom by extending the privilege to carry handguns openly. He feels that law abiding citizens being allowed to carry openly would be a deterrent to potential criminals and make them think twice about attacking an armed individual.
One the other hand, my friend Jim is not as enthusiastic about the upcoming change. He has a license as well, but feels that when you carry openly, you lose the element of surprise, and may potentially become a target. If a criminal were to case out a store before a robbery, he or she will try and identify who is armed, and try to eliminate the threat. On the other hand, Bill would argue that having a number of armed individuals would deter the criminal from robbing that particular store. And so the argument continues.
I am not going to get into how I feel about it as I am not trying to sway anyone’s opinion. Just voicing out the two sides. How do you feel about this? Would you carry openly if you were licensed a handgun in your state or country?
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