POSTED: Monday, November 15, 2010 - 5:55pm
UPDATED: Sunday, July 3, 2011 - 10:51am
Recent Supreme Court decisions have reaffirmed that the Second Amendment is a personal right.
But according to one group, there’s still one hurdle to clear before that right is fully enjoyed.
The right to keep and bear arms is pretty well understood by most of us, but there is one area that is not.
And it’s a kind of arms bearing that we all know well…thanks to Hollywood.
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?
Now, 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 out in the open?
John Pierce founded OpenCarry.org, and from him we found out an interesting and little known fact…
There are 43 of the 50 states where open carry is permissible in one form or another.
That’s right, 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.
Of course in the real west, there were laws against open carrying in most Texas cities, but Pierce says that’s not the intent of the Constitution.
Pierce says that Governor Rick Perry has promised to sign an open carry bill if it lands on his desk.
He says though that although some legislators are friendly to the idea, no one has stepped forward to propose the bill.