AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – The House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety wants to take the concealed part out of concealed handgun licenses.
The committee voted 5-3 in favor of a bill that would remove the word concealed from the law that allows Texans to have a handgun license. The so-called “open carry” law would allow license holders to carry their weapons in plain view wherever they would be allowed to carry a concealed handgun. The rules for getting a license would not change.READ MORE: Poll: American Families Jumping Hurdles To Feed Families & Overcome Food Challenges
Texarkana state Rep. George Lavender authored the bill that was approved Wednesday. In a committee hearing last week, advocates said the law would deter crime. Opponents warned it would create a dangerous and intimidating climate in densely populated cities.
Hurst Mayor Richard Ward doesn’t think the law is needed. “If people see you carrying a weapon it might incite them to create a ruckus just to show ‘Boy, what a big guy I am’,” he said. “I’m just concerned that it might create more of a problem than it would help.”READ MORE: I-Team: Relief Money Slow To Reach Desperate Texas Renters Facing Eviction
Mayor Ward said one of the reasons he’s against the bill is that he thinks it could make things more dangerous. “If you wanted to rob somebody you could kinda come up behind them, or even to the side of ‘em, grab their weapon, hold them at bay, or rob them, where if they didn’t know whether you had one or not… [the criminal might think] ‘If I try to rob this guy he may have a gun under his coat’.”
The bill now goes to the full House for consideration.MORE NEWS: Boston Man Sentenced For Bringing Women To North Texas To Work In Sex Trade
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