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AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Wendy Davis has said she regrets expressing support for the open carry of handguns in her failed gubernatorial bid.
According to the San Antonio Express-News, Davis says the position “wasn’t really in keeping” with her actual view and “strayed” from her core beliefs.
She supported legislation last year to allow college students with concealed handgun licenses to keep weapons in their cars. The positions put her at odds with the Democratic party.
The statement comes with the Texas Legislature poised to consider open carry in the session that begins in January. It would allow people with concealed handgun licenses to wear a pistol on their hip while in public.
Governor-elect Greg Abbott has said he’ll sign an open-carry bill into law if legislation comes to his desk.
This past summer, the federal court handed the open carry movement a major victory. A judge ruled the City of Arlington can’t enforce a law used to keep demonstrators off the streets — at least for now.
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