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Texas shows itself as still being the wild west

As if the USA didn't have enough problems due to the ready availability of arms, now the Texan legislature has just passed a law allowing for the carrying of handguns openly on the streets of Texas.   Plain mad!

"Texas lawmakers approved carrying handguns openly on the streets of the nation’s second most populous state on Friday, sending the bill to the Republican governor, Greg Abbott, who is expected to sign it and reverse a ban dating to the post-civil war era.

Gun owners would still have to get a license to carry a handgun in a visible holster.

The state – known for its wild west, cowboy history and some of the nation’s most relaxed gun laws – has allowed concealed handguns for 20 years. Concealed handgun license holders are even allowed to skip the metal detectors at the state Capitol, as state troopers providing security assume they’re armed.

But Texas was one of only six states with an outright ban on so-called open carry, and advocates have fought to be allowed to keep their guns in plain sight. Cast as an important expansion of the second amendment right to bear arms in the US constitution, it became a major issue for the state’s strong Republican majority."

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