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Austin Police Chief: Open Carry Is ‘Open Season For Armed Criminals And Extremists’

Following passage of open carry legislation in the Texas House this week, the police chief of the nation’s 11th-most populous city is forecasting problems with ISIS, gang members, drug cartels, and outlaw motor cycle gangs.

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, who has spoken out against open carry several times, took to social media Tuesday to vent his feelings on an amendment to HB 910, a bill that will likely bring the practice to the Lone Star State in coming months. The amendment would prohibit law enforcement from stopping a law-abiding citizen who is openly carrying and hasn’t broken the law.

“Yesterday’s amendment to Texas’ Open Carry Legislation is beyond belief and Aiken (sic) to open season for gang members, drug cartels, outlaw motor cycle gangs and any other criminal or extremist to defy the law with impunity, just brilliant!,” Acevedo said. “If criminals, drug cartels, and extremists had a seat at the policy writing table they couldn’t have come up with s (sic) better Amendment.”

Austin, currently ranked among the safest major cities in the country, could soon see that change in Acevedo’s view as he feels the amendment would allow otherwise prohibited firearms possessors to carry guns without worrying about police interaction.

“Here is a scenario, next time groups face off in our Capital City at the Capitol, Klan with their hoods on, Panthers with their faces covered, ISIS sympathizers with their faces covered and just about any other extremist group, armed with firearms authorized by Open-Carry, law enforcement will have absolutely no authority to ensure the people who are armed as they wish…” said Acevedo.

Read the rest of the article: http://www.guns.com/2015/04/23/austin-police-chief-open-carry-is-open-season-for-armed-criminals-and-extremists/

Texas House Gives Final Approval To Open Carry

Texas is closer to becoming the most populous state to allow licensed open carry of handguns after Republicans pushed through a key vote in the state House.

House lawmakers in a 101-42 vote gave final approval to open carry on Monday after preliminarily passing the bill Friday. The state Senate has already approved a similar version and the chambers could send the measure to Gov. Greg Abbott to sign into law in the coming weeks.

Abbott and the Legislature’s strong Republican majority have pushed open carry as an important gun rights and self-defense measure. Most Democrats have opposed it, noting concerns from police in the state’s largest cities and gun control advocates about public safety.

Texas is only of only six states that don’t allow some form of open carry.

Source: http://abc13.com/news/texas-house-gives-final-approval-to-open-carry-/672811/