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It’s Official: Texans Can Open Carry Handguns Starting January 1st 2016, Campus Carry August 1st 2016


PFLUGERVILLE, TEXAS — Today, at what other place than a gun range; Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed HB 910, the Texas Open Carry Bill for Concealed Handgun Holders, into law.

The Governor signed the bill into law at Reg’s Indoor Gun Range, located in Pflugerville, which is a suburb of Austin. After the signing, the Governor took the opportunity to fire some rounds down range.


“Why today is possible,” Abbott began in his remarks, “is because we have legislators who stepped up, did the right thing, crafted legislation, collaborated to get the votes that were needed to expand gun rights in the state of Texas.”

Governor Abbott quoted quite a few people to make his point, and he couldn’t have been more dead on. His purpose: to describe the concept of genius.

“President Washington said ‘that a free people should not only be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain independence from any who might attempt to abuse them.’”


“Thomas Jefferson said that ‘laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are not inclined to commit crime,’” the Governor continued.

He concluded with Ronald Reagan’s famous quip: “‘I happen to know from personal experience that those who seek to inflict harm are not fazed by by gun control.’”

“They understood the imperative of the 2nd Amendment, and so do we,” Governor Abbott stated. “We understand that the Constitution matters. Every single word of it and every single component of the Bill of Rights.”

“Today is a day when Republicans and Democrats are united saying that we will live up to the promise of the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution — including the 2nd Amendment,” he stated proudly. “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

Another important piece of legislation signed is the Campus Carry bill, which will allow licensed concealed carry permit holders to carry on campus. This will negate the vast majority of college students, as you need to be 21 years old in order to apply for your permit. The bill will, however, allow private universities to opt out and public ones to designate parts of their campuses as gun-free zones.

While the Open Carry law is set to take effect Jan. 1, 2016, Campus Carry will not take effect until Aug. 1, 2016.

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Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady…

Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady 165 gr FTX Critical Defense rounds, and rides comfortably in an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 holster.

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  • Charles

    Close but the campuses, all of them, are on United States property and your Constitutional rights don’t stop at the door. All you’re announcing is that there will be certain hunting grounds for the predators in those zones.

  • iprazhm

    WHOO HOO!! Now pray it happens for the rest of us poor restricted souls in the ‘slow’ states!

  • Kufar Wright

    how nice a law letting a permit to exercise a right

  • Joe Randazzo

    “Well regulated”… That part

    • Rob Frizzell

      “The phrase “well-regulated” was in common use long before 1789, and remained so for a century thereafter. It referred to the property of something being in proper working order. Something that was well-regulated was calibrated correctly, functioning as expected. Establishing government oversight of the people’s arms was not only not the intent in using the phrase in the 2nd amendment, it was precisely to render the government powerless to do so that the founders wrote it.”

      • sbleve

        Well defined. The militia of Lexington village were not under the guidance of the King, that day. And had been the order of prompted response of a village defender referenced earlier as Minute men. Loosely configured militia.

    • PavePusher

      It is “the right of the people”, not a right of the militia.

      “well regulated” applies to the militia, not “the right of the people”.

      Membership in a militia is neither a requirement nor a prerequisite to exercise the Right, through simple grammar, history, legal precedent or intent of the authors.

      P.S. The militia still very much exists.

      When called up, you can regulate the hell out of it. (And we do so.)

      • Joe Randazzo

        Congratulations on misreading the Constitution.

        It really doesn’t matter, because 50 years from now the second amendment will be nothing but a bad memory.

        • PavePusher

          “misreading the Constitution”?

          Do please expound and explain.

          • Joe Randazzo

            “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

            It’s one sentence. It’s got a subordinate clause and an independent clause.

            When it rang, Mary picked up the phone.

            Mary doesn’t pick up the phone if it doesn’t ring.

            You don’t get a gun unless you’re in the militia.

            That’s how it’s written. To interpret it any other way is grammatically incorrect. Since the authors cannot be consulted, we must believe that they followed accepted grammar and usage practices.

          • william rose

            with everything the founders said about gun control, you come to this conclusion? you are the one that has not followed accepted grammar. if you don’t like guns don’t come on articles like this one telling gun owners what we love, will soon be a bad memory..

          • Joe Randazzo

            They said what they meant. They meant what they said That’s why they wrote it in plain, grammatically correct English. It’s the gun nuts who have perverted it.

            Enjoy your toys while you can. The times are are changing.

          • Zack

            You must enjoy being a victim while you troll under your bridges.

          • Skip Pallo

            I am a Constitutionalist, your understanding of the 2nd Amendment as gun nuts will be repealed when you understand what Communism has in store for you and I will be here to prove it Got it

          • PavePusher

            And I already provided an explanation, with citations, why you are grammatically incorrect. You need to look up the rules and definitions for ‘subordinate clause’. They don’t control the independent clause.

          • Joe Randazzo

            It’s been the Ultra conservative SCOTUS that has turned the second amendment into an NRA wet dream. They gutted Miller in 2008 and have been on a Wild West rampage ever since (DC v. Heller).

            Look, I didn’t ask for this crap in my newsfeed. I don’t know how it got there. So, spread your fear; I’m done with this.

            I’ll talk to you in fifty years when we join the rest of the civilized world.

          • PavePusher

            1 “They gutted Miller in 2008…”

            Please cite to what parts of ‘Miller’ they contradicted.

            2. “…and have been on a Wild West rampage ever since (DC v. Heller).”

            Utter non-sequitur. What do you mean by this?

          • Skip Pallo

            You mean when you replace civilized world with Communist … we understand who you are and what you are doing believe me I have been fighting this ignorance for over 40 to 50 years..

          • Joe Randazzo

            I was an English teacher for thirty years, bozo. Go shoot somebody.

          • PavePusher

            1. Please break it down for us, and cite to the rules of grammar you want to use.

            2. Why does your side, which claims to want to reduce violence, always advocate violence to innocent people you disagree with? Psychological projection at its finest, I can only assume.

          • Clay Davis

            Using your logic, how is a militia defined then? The amendment says nothing about a “government regulated militia” and doesn’t ask government to define what a militia is. One must think about the intent of the amendment. I can assure you, the intent was not to make it easier for government to regulate gun ownership. You think there is a cause and effect relationship between restricting rights and a more peaceful, enlightened society. This is faulty reasoning, cowardly and an abdication of one’s self-accountability.

          • Skip Pallo

            THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE not the militia it is so we can have a militia check your self… To Keep and bear arms….

            According to : A Universal Etymological Dictionary dated
            1759 By N. Bailey

            To Keep ([Keept, Belg.] to retain, preserve, to nourish, observe, look to)


            Bear Arms (To BEAR
            [in Gunnery] a Piece of Ordnance is said to com to bear, when it lies right
            with the Mark)

            According to the Constitution we not only have the
            right to preserve our weapons but can
            put them on their mark and that cannot be infringed…

        • Skip Pallo

          Over my dead Body Sir you have this Marines Promise and my Commitment to the Constitution, Unlike yourself.

  • Joe Randazzo

    Enjoy yourselves…

    Fifty years from now the second amendment will be nothing but a bad memory.

    • PavePusher

      Article 5 of the Constitution awaits your action. Please post regular progress reports….

  • likeyoudontalreadyknow

    Do you have to be a Texas resident ..or can any citizen open carry?

    • PavePusher

      Re-read the article’s first sentences. Click the hot-link to the bill text.

  • IrishKnight

    If that happens, Obama can declare Martial Law, and that would effectively suspend our rights. THEN he can order the confiscation of guns.

  • Jecmenek

    The “well regulated” part goes to the militia. The “shall not be infringed” is for the indivIdual.
    They even asked the Supreme court…
    I agree with Army, I certainly want to pay the government for the privilege to exercise my rights, especially as a veteran.

    • sbleve

      The Supreme Court was in the founding allowed to Apply the wording of the Constitution ‘as written’………………. only. In 1824 the SCOUS began the march of rewriting via activism.

  • sbleve

    The very purpose of the 2nd Amendment – anywhere anytime, and the CCW does provide some ‘authorization’ in 50 states, and 1000’s of cities-towns. It is odd-with a quirk smile that these CCW permits can and are regularly recorded for Recall at any time. The ICE-Immigration, SS Old Age can not track much of anything in numbers larger than 50,000. Why is the Question.

    • PavePusher

      Uh… what?

  • sbleve

    Partially correct – hate speech is the inroad to controlled speech. There are laws that properly control crime without a ‘hog-tie’ rope attached. Perhaps all elected should be prohibited from declaring the god of politics – a political party name anywhere anytime.
    There is no prohibition of CCW anywhere in the Amendment. There was the common sense accord of removing fire arms from the incompetent mental instability. The village knew who these persons were, as well as the provision to vote – resident of some precinct- all knew each other.

  • sbleve

    Sarc? A young seasonal employee working his way through college-no debt in order to get the required grade to move up the academic threshold needed to conform to a teachers point of view…. 1993.

  • sbleve

    Partially ordained via the WW2 Europe. That conflict in some part (debated not) was the strife of Marxism and the fairly new Fascism conflict. What won that bloody contest?

  • sbleve

    Is there a provisional ‘short gun, vs long gun’?

  • Pattrick Lewis

    I’m a liberal and I happen to love my guns. Being from Texas, I am particularly sensitive about the topic. I love to hunt and I like being able to protect my family. But, I personally feel like this open carry law will lead to more deaths and gun violence.

    But that’s life. I choose to live here, I love Texas and I know what we’re dealing with. Honestly, I’m not too bothered by the law.

    What is considerably more troubling is the fact that we have a governor who promotes and spreads fake quotes generated by conservative idiots to further their agenda (certainly not all conservatives are idiots… most of my dear friends are conservatives and they’re not idiots. But people that create fake memes with fake quotes by our founding fathers are idiots. And the people that forward these fake quotes look foolish). Those quotes he cited as being from George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are FALSE!!

    George Washington’s actual quote was, “A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies.”

    Washington was making a point that people should arm themselves, in the event of a war, the militia may not have immediate access to weapons manufacturing and supplies. Conservatives often twist the quote by adding the words about maintaining independence from “any who might attempt to abuse them”, with the inference being even from their own government. BOGUS!

    The quote attributed to Jefferson is correct, but Jefferson didn’t say it. The quote is actually from Cesare Beccaria’s Essay on Crimes and Punishments in 1764 in Italy.

    C’mon Abbott!! You’re our governor. Have your people look this up and verify it before you look like an idiot who spreads fake Internet rumors.

    • PavePusher

      “I personally feel like this open carry law will lead to more deaths and gun violence.”

      Perhaps you can show where this has occurred in the 44 states where it has already been in practice?

      “Have your people look this up and verify it before you look like an idiot who spreads fake Internet rumors.”

      O, Irony, thy beauty shines and pales the Sun….

      • Pattrick Lewis

        Mr Irony, I gave an opinion. Not fact. I wasn’t making anything up. I wasn’t trying to fool anyone. Truly… I don’t know whether the new law will lead to more gun deaths. I opined when I said “I personally feel that this law…”

        On the other hand, our illustrious governor comes off looking like an idiot by using fake quotes from our founders to support the philosophy behind an open carry law, by presenting such fake quotes as fact. Perhaps to an outside observer it may appear that the good governor is trying to bamboozle and deceive his constituents by using fake quotes.

        Additionally, my combative colleague, I also said I wasn’t particularly bothered by the new law. What I AM bothered by, however, is my governors use of quotes fabricated in propaganda campaigns that pervert the actual quotes of our beloved founders in order to make a point, today.

        I didn’t come to this thread to hate. Just participate.

        Happy Holidays.

        • PavePusher

          Challenging your assertions (given without any supporting evidence) is hardly “combative”. Perhaps you need to find your “safe space” if the real world is too much for your delicate sensibilities?

          I’ll note that you have dodged my question….

          • Pattrick Lewis

            I’m not dodging your question. And I honestly thought I had answered your question by inference. But since you didn’t get it, I’ll break it down and make it more plain. I was not arguing that more guns equals more violence. Therefore, I have no need to back up my opinion. Nor do I care. And as far as finding a safe space, buddy I’ve been married for 25 years and I can handle anything. LOL.

            YOU, on the other hand, have zeroed in on that particular topic (because, I believe, you think it gives you something on which to hang your hat). OK. I conceded. For the sake of conversation and argument and for purposes of this exercise, I will entertain the thought that more guns on hips in public in Texas will actually make everyone safer.

            Now back to the real point of my well-worded, original post. What do you have to say for a governor that uses misquotes from founding fathers in an effort to sway public opinion regarding legislation? For me, he either did it on purpose, which makes him nothing more than a propaganda pusher… or he did it on accident, which makes him negligent and shows a lack of insight. What do you have to say about that?

            P.S. your initial response to my post wasn’t really combative until you threw in that poetic line about irony, clearly in a gloating tone. And by the way… even if I had been arguing the point, which I wasn’t, that’s not even close to irony. There’s a definition of irony, and you can find it by typing “Irony” into Google and pressing the search button.

  • Quit whining but be sure not to shoot yourself in the foot.

    • US Army (retired)

      Not whining “egg lady” and after 24 years of service in the US Army and two tours of duty in Vietnam, Republic of and Desert Storm I was never shot but was wounded by shrapnel three times. I do believe I know more about weapons than you do!

  • Jaan Q

    The Reagan quote is slightly off, it’s actually: “It’s a nasty truth, but those who seek to inflict harm are not phased by gun control laws. I happen to know this from personal experience.” It’s the way he delivers it…classic Reagan. Here’s the video.

    • PavePusher

      And yet he signed some of the most blatantly racist ‘gun control’ in the nation….

  • Jaan Q

    The only thing I would add to that…is that in Vermont at least, you can’t get a paper permit if you wish it. So, if you want to carry in a state that has reciprocity, you can’t.

    • PavePusher

      Actually, you can, but it’s frequently a pain in the ass to arrange.

      • taylorj01

        Actually with all the articles I have read, Maine had open carry without permits, and CC with permit, they just recently passed their Constitutional Carry (Open or Concealed w/o permit) for instate carry only. If you still wish to obtain a CC permit for reciprocity purposes, they are still available.

        • PavePusher

          Must be another state you are thinking of, VT has been Cons. Carry since statehood.

          I’m currently in AZ which does have the system you describe.

          • taylorj01

            You know, you are right. I stand corrected. It was Maine I was thinking about, not Vermont. The post has been edited to show the correction.

          • PavePusher

            No problem, easy mistake to make, as the number of such states is increasing at a good rate. I’m just fortunate enough to have lived in those regions.

  • Larry Curtis

    I am indifferent about this. I am not against it, necessarily, but for me personally I will continue in the concealed mode. The element of surprise is much bigger than you think, and when someone intent on doing harm sees someone openly carrying a gun, who do you think they are going to shoot at right off the bat? I’m just sayin’…and there is nothing worse than a bunch of sniveling nervous libs carrying on with their anti-gun whining when they see a gun, so for peace of mind I think concealed is a better way to go. Maybe that’s just me though.

    • PavePusher

      Be a Good Citizen: Carry openly so the idiots can see it’s not actually a problem.

  • Believer

    I will bet dollars to donuts, the Texas crime rate takes a plunge, beginning January 2016.

  • Lee Majors

    Vermont carry for Texas. Come on tx.

  • Cisco

    Yes, NJ. for example. Try telling the left wingers and cops over there, that you’ve got a constitutional right to carry your sidearm.

  • Rory

    The gun debate cracks me up. I have no problem with folks being able to open carry or concealed carry but we also don’t live in the wild west any more… The whole idea of taking a class and registering seems to scare the piss out of a lot people. I really don’t see the problem. If your’e so scared of the government you should go live on an island somewhere. You cant just hand anyone a weapon anymore. This might have worked in the time our constitution was writen but does not in our modern day and age. If you want a gun for self-defence, take a self-defence class.. that way I know that you were at least taught something about responsible gun ownership, what’s the big deal? What scares the hell out of me is that any stupid bastard can march in and buy a weapon in this country. Take your background test, take the class and stop living in the 1700’s.

    • PavePusher

      May I please see your First, Fourth, Thirteenth and Twenty-Sixth Amendment Permits, proof of training and receipts for fees paid to the government. If it’s not a problem for one Amendment, it shouldn’t be for another, right?

      “If your’e so scared of the government you should go live on an island somewhere.”

      I think the correct question is “Why is the government scared of the Citizens?”. And since when is it that the Government gets to decide what the Citizens are ‘allowed’ to do?

      “You cant just hand anyone a weapon anymore.”

      That is how it’s been throughout our history. Why is it a problem NOW? (As for your “wild west”, it’s a myth:

      The Constitution applies every bit as much today (and the issues are much the same) as it did in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

  • Henry Mason

    Well this is the price we pay for being passive with liberals. This should have been done from the get go. I love seeing my home state of Texas represent its people like this.

  • marcochap

    Are black people allowed to carry weapons too, or is it just white people? Im asking sincerely because all I see are white people in the pic, and responding in the comments.

    • PavePusher

      You know they’re all “white people”? Your clairvoyance is better than mine….

      In the meantime, yes, they can and should.

  • WeirOnlyHuman

    Why would anyone want to open carry, letting the bad guys know that you’re armed?

    • PavePusher

      Cite to how it’s been a statistically significant problem.

  • Brian Holk

    OK, that’s great, now Man up and support the fourth amendment “The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides, “[t]he right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.””

  • Brian Holk

    Note that it requires registration for concealed carry. That concedes registration.

    • Brian Holk

      I mean no more breath, pisss, blood, hair tests allowed in Texas. Secure in our persons…etc.

  • RANZ

    Glad to see this finally happening. But also really hoping that one bad egg with a legal gun and bad decision making doesn’t eff it up for the rest of us.

  • Joe Randazzo

    The first is limited quite often.

    Try yelling fire in a crowded theater, or writing that someone is a crook without proof, or saying “bomb” on a plane.

    • Zack

      Go troll under a bridge.

  • Willie C Mooneyham Jr.

    Tennessee next please.

  • Kristy Hall

    Shall not be infringed….How is it possible and Constitutional to license an activity that is already your Federal Right under the second amendment??? Stepped up? How about sold out.

  • ajay

    While this is a good move forward, it is still an infringement on our constitutional rights. The constitution clearly and directly state that our right to bear arms shall not be infringed. Having to pay for a training class and then paying the state for a license is an infringement. Why does Texas require this and ignore the constitution? It’s all about money. Good, but not constitutional.

  • Skip Pallo

    Agreed Constitutional carry … Shall NOT be infringed…