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Pro-Con: Should Texas open carry laws be expanded?

By Bianca Montes
May 4, 2014 at 12:04 a.m.
Updated May 5, 2014 at 12:05 a.m.

Supporters of the Victoria chapter of Open Carry Texas march down North Navarro Street during a demonstration to publicize and promote the right of Texas residents to openly carry rifles and certain relic firearms in public.

Supporters of the Victoria chapter of Open Carry Texas march down North Navarro Street during a demonstration to publicize and promote the right of Texas residents to openly carry rifles and certain relic firearms in public.

About 10 people - rifles in tow - gathered on the northern end of Navarro Street in March.

It was the first time the Open Carry Texas group convened in Victoria to stick up for what they believe to be a constitutional right to openly carry all of their weapons.

Texas law allows them to openly carry only pre-1899 black powder antique guns and rifles but not their handguns.

The group huddled again in late April to walk down North Navarro Street with plans to continue their march monthly until the law changes.

Currently, 44 states in the United States allow open carry - Texas is not one.

Texas law states that it's an offense if a person "intentionally, knowingly or recklessly carries on or about his or her person a handgun."

Should open carry laws be expanded in Texas?

Pro: Open carry promotes sense of safety

Con: Open carry promotes fear

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