Despite law enforcement concerns, Texans could be allowed to carry firearms concealed or openly without a permit or safety training under a proposal considered by the state House this week, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, said his measure known as Constitutional Carry would fully restore Texans’ Second Amendment rights. “Texans are sick of big government,” he said. “They are sick of wondering if their rights are always disappearing.” It’s unclear how far the proposal will fare in the House or the Senate.
Stickland and his supporters said it’s time Texas joins the other 11 states that don’t require gun owners to fill out an application, take gun training and pay a permit fee before carrying their handguns publicly. “I don’t think the government has a right to say you have a Second Amendment right only if you take this class and pay this fee,” he said. “Right now there is no way for us to legally carry without begging the government for permission.” Some worry that this proposal opens the door for felons and people with mental issues to end up carrying handguns in public, because the bill restricts peace officers from asking people if they are legally carrying. “We are opposed to this,” said Andrea Brauer of Texas Gun Sense, a group that pushes for gun control measures. “Training shouldn’t be optional. Licensing shouldn’t be optional. With this bill, anybody can carry with absolutely no oversight. It really puts public safety at risk.”