Officials with Open Carry Texas confirm they will have a large number of members carrying their long rifles and gunpowder pistols openly during the Texas GOP convention this week in Fort Worth. But the announcement falls on the heels of criticism from the National Rifle Association about some of the group’s tactics.
The first class of school marshal trainers gathered to begin their own training Monday at the Texas Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center in Maxwell, Texas, which is located northeast of San Marcos.
The group will then be in charge of training school marshals in schools throughout the state -- for schools that choose to participate in the program.
In a rare case that pitted Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott against the National Rifle Association, the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a case involving the NRA’s request to lower the age limit for conceal-carry permits and purchasing a firearm.
Abbott defended Texas Department of Public Safety Director Col. Steve McCraw in his assessment that lowering the age requirement for anyone applying for a conceal handgun license from 21 to 18 would disrupt public safety.
Likely Democratic nominee for governor Wendy Davis is retaining her support for the open-carry issue despite some rumblings within her own party but emphasized this week that that position comes with caveats -- Davis would make sure city governments retained a local control of the issue.
Davis said her position on open carry remains consistent with her position on the guns on campus issue -- she voted against guns on campus but offered an amendment that would allow individual college campuses to decide the issue.
Both gun groups and those wanting more restrictions aren’t surprised by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis’ position on open carry laws. Davis, in a written statement to the Associated Press, stated that she did support the practice for handguns and had a vision for how that would work in Texas.
The questionnaire asked the state senator from Fort Worth if she supported open carry and why. Davis answered that she does, but that governmental should be sensitive to private property owners, who may not want allow open carry within their facilities.
Officials with the Transportation Security Administration are reporting a record number of guns seized from airline travelers in 2013.
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport had 98 seizures and George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston had 67 seizures, the second and third highest number of gun seizures in the country. Atlanta was the number one airport where passengers were caught with a concealed handgun and had 110 seizures.
A new law going into 2014 says applicants will no longer be required to provide a social security number when applying for or renewing a concealed handgun license. The new law was authored by state Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio.
So what does this mean for the general public and those in the CHL business?
"Some people were just concerned about providing all their personal information," said Michael Cargill, who owns Central Texas Gun Works and is a CHL instructor. "You really don’t need a social security number to do a background check on someone."
Texas Matters: The open-carry gun rights rally on the Alamo grounds will include remarks from Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, arguably the state's most vocal proponent for Second Amendment rights. Also on this show: Leticia Van De Putte talks about the veteran issues on this year's ballot, and more about the strength of the Texas economy, which is the focus of a "Time" magazine article.
On Saturday, downtown San Antonio will be filled with an estimated 1,000 armed men and women espousing their right to carry openly rifles and shotguns. "Come and Take It San Antonio!" has billed itself as a peaceful march and open carry event at the site of the Alamo.