There was a demonstration today, January 13, 2015, by Come and Take It Texas—one of the gun rights groups arguing for the passage of HB 195, which would allow the open carry of handguns with no permitting or background check requirement and putting Texas in compliance with the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment. Texas is one of five other States, along with CA, NY, IL and SC, that do not have the freedom to open carry a handgun. In the last year and a half Texan gun rights groups all around the Lone Star State have walked ,assembled and engaged in humanitarian efforts all while open carrying their long guns and black powder pistols. This has succeeded in educating the public as well as law enforcement, to show that the presence of firearms in public is not only safe but highly supported. Stickland’s H.B.195 is what the Come and Take It Texas organization demands and the group intends to present it in a way as big as Texas itself. Restoration of human, civil and Constitutional rights is not requested. A “war cry” by brusquely impatient patriots was heard today, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. when the legislators clock out and beyond. Governor Elect Gregg Abbott has already pledged to sign open carry into law. Now all eyes are on the “law makers” to do the right thing, To honor their oath of office and return Texans their Freedom.
The Texas Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America released a statement (below) from volunteer Claire Elizabeth:
“As Texans and parents, we refuse to have to determine whether the people open carrying around us are members of law enforcement sworn to protect us, activists making a political statement –like those holding the armed rally at the Capitol today – or dangerous criminals who intend to harm us. Make no mistake: expanding open carry is simply an attempt by the gun lobby to make it acceptable for anyone to open carry guns everywhere, no questions asked. In fact, HB 195, the bill Come and Take It Texas supports, would allow the open carry of handguns without any permit requirements, not even a background check. This is not the Texas we want to raise our families in.”
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a grassroots movement disarm Americans and proposes measures to circumvent the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Moms Demand Action campaigns for new and stronger violations of the Constitution. Since its inception after the event at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violation of rights organization in the country with more than 2.5 million members and more than 40,000 donors.