For Immediate Release
December 28, 2008
Open Carry Movement Aims to Get the Panhandle into the Fire!
Radio Ads Surge Open Carry Petition Over 50,000 Signatures
"Texas Open Carry Working Group" Secures First of Several Likely Bill Sponsor Pledges from Representative Debbie Riddle (R – Houston)
Last week’s open carry radio ad barrage over the Houston Metroplex was enough to make anybody’s holiday, pushing the online petition to decriminalize open carry of handguns in Texas over 50,000 signatures! See http://www.petitiononline.com/texasoc/petition.htm.
Even better, Houston’s own Representative Debbie Riddle, co-author of Texas’ Castle Doctrine law, has told constituents and members of the Texas Open Carry Working Group (led by petition founder and Austin resident Ian McCarthy) that Riddle has drafted and is planning to introduce an open carry bill.
And in more great news, at least two more Representatives and one Senator are rumored to be warning up open carry bills of their own. And from other reliable information leaking out of Austin, apparently the Texas prosecutors and law enforcement lobbies will not oppose these open carry bills provided the bills include a requirement that unconcealed handguns be carried in holsters.
But now OpenCarry.org turns to the great panhandle of Texas to get Amarillo and Lubbock into the fire before the New Year begins. We are counting on the long standing pro-gun panhandle sentiment to seal the deal on open carry reform in Texas.
Starting Monday, December 29th pro-open carry radio spots will rule both the airwaves and Internet streaming on the following stations:
Lubbock: KFYO AM 790; KFMX FM 94.5; KQBR FM 99.5
Amarillo: KATP 102 FM; KIXZ AM 940
Additionally, OpenCarry.org co-founder, and Killeen, TX homeowner Mike Stollenwerk will be interviewed on the following panhandle stations as follows:
Monday, 29 December:
KKCL FM 98 (taped interview) @ approx. 8AM Central
KZII at 8AM Central (live)
KFYO’s Pratt on Texas @ 6:10 PM Central (live)
Tuesday, 30 December, 2008:
KQBR’s Rick & Jane show at 8:35 AM Central
Meanwhile Ian McCarthy and his Texas Open Carry Working Group team (including fluent **Spanish speaker** Raul Rodriguez from San Antonio) stand ready for more interviews and commentary anywhere in Texas.
But in an important administrative note, while OpenCarry.org is proud of its success in helping its Texas members restore their rights, this has not come free, and as Christmas shopping went on, and recession news kept comin’, our contributions to the Texas campaign have fallen behind our radio ad spending schedule at http://www.opencarry.org/thunder.html. If more donations do not come in by January 1st, we will not be able to run our planned ad campaigns in El Paso and the Austin-Waco I-35 corridor.
OpenCarry.org hereby invokes the “NATO doctrine of gun rights” –– and asks for donations from Americans in every state.
The fact that Texas is one of only 6 states to ban open carry is not the point - an infringement on open carry rights in any state, is an infringement on all!
Give now at http://www.opencarry.org/thunder.html.
John Pierce: John@OpenCarry.org
Mike Stollenwerk: Mike@Opencarry.org
Texas Open Carry Working Group:
Ian McCarthy, Petition Founder and Chair of the Texas Open Carry Working Group, TexasOpenCarry@gmail.com (Austin)
Duane Suddeth, DKSuddeth@gmail.com, Vice-Chair of the Texas Open Carry Working Group, (Dallas-Fort Worth)
Aaron Poffenberger, Legislative Operations Officer, email@example.com, (Houston)
Ralph Carroll, firstname.lastname@example.org, Day Phone: (Van Zandt County)
Dennis Patterson, DPatterson2095@hotmail.com, (Austin)
Lori Dodson, LoriDodson@gmail.com, (Houston)
Sean Johnson, email@example.com, (Dallas-Ft. Worth)
Raul Rodriguez, Spanish Speaking Spokesman, firstname.lastname@example.org, (San Antonio)
A few states have holster requirements, but most do not. ]
Nonetheless, holsters are always a good idea.
 See map at http://www.opencarry.org/opencarry.html.