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.

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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.


BREAKING: Texas One Step Closer To Open Carry

SB17 passed the Texas senate on March 17, 2015, and the companion HB910 has now been passed to engrossment as amended today.

Governor Abbott has pledged to sign open carry legislation when it comes to his desk. For more information on the Texas legislative process, the following comes from the Texas Legislative Council:

The first floor consideration of a bill occurs on its second reading. After it is read the second time, again by caption only, the measure is subject to debate and amendment by the entire membership of the chamber. On second reading, a bill may be amended by a simple majority of those members present and voting. If no amendment is made, or if those proposed are disposed of, the final action on second reading of a bill is a vote on its passage to engrossment, if the bill is being considered in the chamber in which it was introduced, or passage to third reading, if the bill is being considered in the opposite chamber. The bill then is laid before the body for a third reading and final passage. A bill may be amended again on third reading, but amendments at this stage require a two-thirds majority of the members present for adoption.

Although the Texas Constitution requires a bill to be read on three separate days in each chamber before it can have the force of law, this constitutional rule may be suspended by a four-fifths vote of the chamber in which the bill is pending. In such cases, the bill is given an immediate third reading following the vote to pass the bill to engrossment or third reading. The senate routinely suspends the constitutional provision in order to give a bill an immediate third reading. The house, however, rarely suspends this provision, and third reading consideration of a bill in the house normally occurs on the day following second reading consideration.

After a bill has been read a third time, a vote is taken for final passage. If the bill receives a simple majority vote, it is considered passed, and the chief clerk of the house or the secretary of the senate, as appropriate, certifies the bill’s final passage, noting on it the date of its passage and the vote by which it passed. When the bill is passed in the originating chamber, the bill is engrossed (all corrections and amendments are incorporated into it), and an exact and accurate copy of the engrossed bill is prepared and sent to the opposite chamber for consideration.

Texas House Takes Up ‘Open Carry’ On Friday

Media partner Texas Tribune reports a bill to allow Concealed Handgun License holders to openly carry their handguns is up for a vote in the Texas House on Friday. That’s after one of the bill’s opponents halted debate on Tuesday.

Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, raised a point of order and said testimony from three different witnesses from committee hearings were incorrect. The website says the bill was sent back to the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee, which immediately voted it out again after fixing the mistake.

The Tribune says once the open carry bill comes up for a vote, it should pass easily.

Eyes are also on the progress of a bill to repeal the DREAM act. That program offers in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants.

See the breakdown of where undocumented immigrants pay in-state tuition.


Top GOP Senator Introduces Bill to Ban ALL Federal Gun Control

The Conservative Tribune has frequently written about individual states passing bills to nullify federal gun control laws.

Now enter GOP Sen. Mike Lee, who aspires to once and for all transcend the state boundaries and implement a nationwide ban on all future federal gun control legislation.

Lee proposes doing so via an amendment that, if passed, would make it so that any future gun-control legislation would need the support of “two-thirds of senators” to become law. The amendment would also ban all future regulations imposed by Obama’s crony Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The senator is not alone in his mission. GOP Senators David Ritter and Inhofe introduced their own amendment that would prohibit the ATF from “attempting to ban bullets that are primarily used by hunters and sportsmen.”

And GOP Senators Lamar Alexander and Steven Daines introduced an amendment that would “protect antique guns that have ivory handles.”

All this comes only weeks after the ATF tried but ultimately failed to ban 5.56 mm M855 rounds, which are used with the extraordinarily popular AR-15 rifle. The ATF basically tried to claim that M855 bullets were “armor piercing,” when in fact they are not.

Furthermore, the folks over at Gun Owners of America expect even more amendments to pop up in the coming few weeks (H/T Breitbart).

Why? Because Americans are growing sick and tired of the nanny-state government trying to infringe on their Second American rights.

But rather than just mull about it in private, Americans are now fighting back by contacting their senators and urging them to launch pro-gun amendments.

If you care about your Second Amendment rights, you should do the same!

Please share this post on Facebook if you steadfastly support our GOP Senators in their bid to once and for all undo Barack H. Obama’s attempts to usurp the Second Amendment!