POSTED: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 8:13pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 2:27pm
That's right…we've seen it in a thousand movies. The long walk, the holstered guns…the ultimate confrontation…but that's the movies, right?
You couldn't possibly carry that way in real life, right?
SU: In Texas, there a couple of ways you can carry a pistol. You can now carry it in your car. Or, if you have a license, you can carry it concealed on your person. But what if you could carry it like this?
In all but 7 states in the union, you can walk down the street, go into a coffee shop, go shopping all while wearing a gun on your hip.
Interestingly, the 7 states that that expressly forbid it, are mostly in the South.
Texas Attorney General Gregg Abbott, who is running for governor, says that people with concealed carry permits should be allowed to carry openly if they desire.
“There are so many states out there where they issue permits without any sort of formal training,” says OpenCarryTexas President C.J. Grisham. “Really all the CHL process is is a brainwashing. It doesn’t do anything for gun safety at all. It’s just a way to instruct you on what the gun law is in Texas.”
“That’s just a preposterous idea across the board,” says Lock and Load’s Steve Prater. “We’ve been in here for quite a few years now. And we’ve seen how proficient people are with pistols. And I’m here to tell you, people need training.”
Now, Grisham is no stranger to controversy…
But he maintains, there should be no restriction on the right to carry a handgun.
Of course in the real west, there were laws against open carrying in most Texas cities…
“To me in Texas, among educated people, and in the day and age we live, I just don’t see it,” Prater says. “I don’t like the idea of it personally.”