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Texas Senate Approves Open Carry Of Handguns

Mar 16, 2015
Joey Palacios / TPR News

AUSTIN — The Texas Senate has given preliminary approval to allowing licensed open carry of handguns in the state. The first major gun-rights vote of the legislative session came Monday after more than two hours of debate. A final vote to send the bill to the House is expected Tuesday.

Texas has allowed concealed carry of handguns since 1995, but a recent push for open carry has been taken up by new Republican leaders such as Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.

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An in-person and online threat against the Legislature has both lawmakers and troopers at the State Capitol on edge. On Thursday, the Texas Senate’s State Affairs Committee will hear invited testimony over two gun bills being fast-tracked through the legislative process.

On the opening day of the legislative session, gun owners supporting open carry legislation went from office to office, hoping to get lawmakers to pledge their support for an open carry bill. But Eagle Pass Democratic Rep. Poncho Nevárez, who was cornered in his office by the group, has his concerns.

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The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission announced late last week it was taking public comment on a set of rule making that would make it legal for gun show owners to sell alcohol provided the facility has a liquor license.   

The TABC posted that it will take comment on the issue of selling alcohol during gun shows for the next 30 days. The agency’s Carolyn Beck said for those wanting these type of permits there would be new rules.

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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.