Gun enthusiasts rally at Capitol for open carry law

C.J. Grisham, president and CEO of Open Carry Texas, headlined a rally at the Capitol on Monday with fewer than 100 gun enthusiasts.

Grisham and members of his organization want see the passage of House Bill 195 by Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford. The measure would allow Texans to carry handguns — as well as shotguns and rifles — in public without a permit.

Speaking to the crowd, Grisham reminded supporters to “be respectful, polite, but be firm” as they speak to their representatives and state senators.

“Talk to them in terms they can understand,” he said. “Speak like a politician.”

Monday’s rally came about a week and a half after another collection of gun rights activists heatedly confronted state Rep. Poncho Nevárez in his office, leading lawmakers to vote to install so-called panic buttons in their offices. Read the coverage here.

Grisham, who believes an open carry policy will deter criminals from committing crimes, told supporters at the rally to remind politicians who oppose the legislation that open carry proponents will work to find primary challengers unless they come around.

The rally was more sparsely attended than Grisham would have wanted, he said.

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But one attendee, Dan Henderson, made the trip from Cibolo and brought his two sons. Henderson, who wore an empty holster on his hip, said he went to the Capitol to fight for his Second Amendment right.

“We need the right to bear arms without government permission,” he said after the conclusion of the rally.

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KenAustin
KenAustin

Hey, Horse Lips, let me help you out a little bit.

We lose over 3000 children to abortion EVERY DAY in the U.S.  If a mysterious virus suddenly starting killing 3000 children every day, America would mobilize teams of doctors and public health officials.  We would move heaven and earth to protect our children.  But not with Abortion.

HorseLips
HorseLips

We lose 8 teens and children to gun violence EVERY DAY in the U.S.  If a mysterious virus suddenly starting killing 8 to 10 children every day, America would mobilize teams of doctors and public health officials.  We would move heaven and earth to protect our children.  But not with gun violence.  

J_in_ATX
J_in_ATX

Your use of the word "enthusiasts" is appropriate and indicates that the statesman supports these kooks' cause.  Come on! You guys report everyday the gun violence that occurs in this state. These are wing nuts, most of whom shouldn't even be allowed to carry a pen knife, let alone a hand cannon. 


candid
candid

freeheel, here is what Dan Henderson said @

But one attendee, Dan Henderson, made the trip from Cibolo and brought his two sons. Henderson, who wore an empty holster on his hip, said he went to the Capitol to fight for his Second Amendment right.

“We need the right to bear arms without government permission,” he said after the conclusion of the rally.@

It did not come from me. 

morfoloplog
morfoloplog

Defend your right to intimidate those around you...

Billius
Billius

Rant-and-rave, that was a good one! And to Whodunnit, it's only your inalienable rights in so far as state law allows it dummy . . . 

TT3
TT3

Ammosexual rights for all Americans!!

OrangeBlood
OrangeBlood

If you feel the need to arm yourself while going out to eat I suggest the problem lies within you, not the other way around.

If brandishing a weapon in public at all times seems like a good idea, and makes you feel complete, and safe, you are the type of person that should not be allowed to own firearms.

rant-and-rave
rant-and-rave

Nudist Open Carry Breast Feeding Texans protest tomorrow, 11:00.

Whodunnit
Whodunnit

It's your inalienable right.  Nothing to argue about.

1WiseLatina
1WiseLatina

Grisham wants people to openly carry pistols, rifles, shotguns, etc.  Let's see; where else do you see the public openly carrying arms?  Syria! Bingo!  The radical pro gun nuts are morphing into an ISIS type group.

cheat-to-win
cheat-to-win

How crazy are the Open Carry Texas nut cases? From your National Rife Association:

"Texas, independent-minded and liberty-loving place that it is, doesn't ban the carrying of loaded long guns in public, nor does it require a permit for this activity. Yet some so-called firearm advocates seem determined to change this. Let's not mince words, not only is it rare, it's downright weird and certainly not a practical way to go normally about your business while being prepared to defend yourself. ... the dubious practice of using public displays of firearms as a means to draw attention to oneself or one's cause, it can be downright scary. It makes folks who might normally be perfectly open-minded about firearms feel uncomfortable and question the motives of pro-gun advocates."

PuddyTat
PuddyTat

If their mommas hadn't sissified them when they was kids then they wouldn't have to over-compensate now. Mommas, think about this the next time you want to deny your boy a chance to participate in traditional male child activities. You might be making tomorrow's intimidating bully.

Jabroni1_Jr
Jabroni1_Jr

In this situation, "enthusiasts" means "overweight uneducated white men with inadequate genitalia."

candid
candid

They must be men with inferiority complexes wanting to intimidate other citizens.  How can a responsible person want guns without government permission, in reality a lawless society?  The man has children, will he be able to escort and protect them wherever they go? 

J_in_ATX
J_in_ATX

@KenAustin  We don't lose children. These are embryos or fetuses. Why don't you say we lose 3000 adults? And if the Christian Taliban would not stand in the way of sex ed in schools, access to birth control, and preaching abstention is a way to control unwanted pregnancy, there would be many fewer unwanted pregnancies to deal with, and for you to worry about...as it its any of your business. 

freeheel
freeheel

@Billius Hmmm... State laws do not trump the Constitution dummy....

morfoloplog
morfoloplog

@1WiseLatina His dream is a Texas more like Syria, except with "Christian"  Freedom Fighters against infidel liberals.

Baron_of_Greymatter
Baron_of_Greymatter

@1WiseLatina Clearly, a war zone is the result of an armed group attacking another armed group, regardless of the religion, politics, etc. of either group.


When an armed group attacks an unarmed group, it's not a war; it's a massacre.

freeheel
freeheel

@candid Hmmm once again Candid you are completely incorrect. First, you don’t need the governments permission to own guns. That’s the Constitution (or in other words the “Law” part). Second, people who describe others who use firearms as either having an inferiority complex or a small penis (which you have in done in the past) are only projecting their own psychological problems onto those firearms owners. 



Baron_of_Greymatter
Baron_of_Greymatter

@Jabroni1_Jr  Says the guy who "goes out on dates" now and then.

Women don't buy the pig when they aren't impressed with the sausage.