For Immediate Release - November 9, 2008
Open Carry Movement Targets Houston Metroplex
Petition to Restore Rights Surges over 26,000 Signatures
In most states adults may openly carry handguns in public without any license.] But not in Texas. Texas is one of only 6 states completely banning the open carry of handguns.
Since OpenCarry.org's billboard went up on I-35 in San Antonio,] the online open carry rights restoration petition has surged to over 26,000 signatures. And now a second billboard stands tall on I-45 in Houston to educate yet more Texans and to focus the attention of the Houston Metroplex's many legislators on the open carry issue as they prepare to set up camp in Austin come January.
Early efforts by gun owners asking their legislators to review our draft bill] have been enlightening - across the board folks find that their legislators are shocked to learn that the Lone Star state is among the 6 lonely states which ban open carry. Remarkably, Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin)'s office has indicated while "Rep. Rodriguez is an advocate for gun control," open carry "makes more sense" than concealed carry.
Most gun owners just feel that open carry compliments concealed carry, and in any event, is a right, not a privilege, especially needed along the Gulf Coast where natural emergencies can sometimes unexpectedly leave home owners and business people on their own to deter looting. ]
Accordingly, OpenCarry.org calls on the Houston members of the Texas Legislature to come to work in January prepared to conform Texas law to the Second Amendment's right to openly carry handguns.]
John Pierce: John@OpenCarry.org
Mike Stollenwerk: MikeOpencarry.org
Ian McCarthy, Petition Founder, TexasOpenCarry@gmail.com, (Dallas)
Lori Dodson, Houston Spokesperson, LoriDodson@gmail.com, (Houston)
Dennis Patterson, DPatterson2095@hotmail.com/Elgin, (Austin)
Duane Duddeth,DKSuddeth@gmail.com, (Dallas-Fort Worth)
 See map at http://www.opencarry.org/opencarry.html.
 See draft bill attached at http://opencarry.mywowbb.com/forum51/17181.html.
 District of Columbia v. Heller[/i][/b], 128 S.Ct. 2783, 2793-2798 (2008) (“bear means to carry” but concealed carry is not constitutionally protected).
Can we copy this and send it to the local papers?
Will RogersThe thing about common sense is....it ain't too common.
rodbender wrote:sure.Can we copy this and send it to the local papers?
Good job Mike, John and Texans!
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." - Thomas Jefferson
Copied onto Texas Gun Talk now also.
i wrote a nice letter to my contact at the Vernon Daily Record and pasted the letter from Mike in it so when i hear something i will post. Im putting together another to send to Wichita Falls.
Now we're at 26813-really good-I will try to get in touch with "THE FORT WORTH STAR TELEGRAM".
Just hit the petition page, 40,017!!