Good idea. Texas going OC would be a huge step forward. I think a lot of people that do not live there think it is already that way now and are surprised to find out it is not.
I would not expect a jump to VT style OC in one step though.
We got to this point incrementally, and we can regain our rights incrementally.
The first step is maybe to allow open carry by permit holders in areas outside of cities with a population exceeding one million. I would suggest going for all of TX with OC by permit, but maybe keeping in the back of one's mind that little victories add upover time and being willing to accept less than what when wants in the first chunk.
Over time as people get used to seeing law abiding citizens wandering about their daily lives with a firearm strapped on their hip, it can be liberalized even more.
Politics is about getting what you can when you can, and then going for more.
The more states that liberalize both CC and OC the better for those of us in the PRIL, where large segments of the population cannot even legal own handguns at all just because of where they happen to live.
It seems to me that our priorities in all states should be:
state prememption - it does little good to have good state legislation if a municipality can invalidate it
concealed carry - since no one sees the guns no one cares
castle doctrine - a man's home is his castle and the law ought to respect that
stand your ground - what good is carrying a handgun if you cannot legally use it to protect yourself?
legal liability protection - why should a criminal have the right to sue you because you defended yourself against his criminal attacks
open carry - 100,000 people have now carried their guns around under their coat for five years and the world has not ended. time to allow them to be more comfortable while walking around, at their discretion and choice.
constitutional amendments - even states with strong gun owner rights laws need to have their state constitutions amended so that it is harder to reverse the gains that have been so painstakingly made. it needs to be unequivical that the RKBA includes the right to carry for ones own personal protection.