University of Texas Releases Campus Carry Recommendations

Beginning on August 1, 2016, the Campus Carry law goes into effect at all 4-year public universities (community colleges have until August 1, 2017). The law, SB 11, allows universities to “establish reasonable rules, regulations, or other provisions regarding the carrying of concealed handguns by license holders on the campus of the institution or on premises located on the campus of the institution.” However, those rules and regulations can’t “generally prohibit or have the effect of generally prohibiting license holders from carrying concealed handguns on the campus of the institution.”

With that direction, the University of Texas campus carry working group released their list of recommendations for implementing the law. For the most part, we are satisfied with their recommendations with the understanding that ANY restrictions are too many. However, our satisfaction is only relayed in the context of the law as written and not on our personal beliefs that any location where a gun is prohibited is unsatisfactory.

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Why Not Carry In K-12?

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With Campus Carry less than a year away in Texas, Universities are scrambling to find as many places to ban the concealed carry of a handgun by licensed Texans as possible. Since the bill passed in June, liberals in student government and the educational elite have kicked into high gear to oppose the law in any possible.

One of the talking points by the left is that guns need to be banned around the kids. “We need to protect the kids.” Universities are already releasing their recommendations and top of the list is any building or area where there is a dual credit high school presence or a child care facility. This begs the questions, “What makes a child care facility any more or less dangerous than anywhere else on campus?”

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ANTI-CAMPUS CARRY PROFESSORS TAKE A DECIDEDLY UNACADEMIC APPROACH TO ACITVISM

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AUSTIN, TX – For a group ostensibly founded and run by professional researchers, Gun Free UT makes numerous claims that wouldn’t pass peer review. While much of the organization’s literature and talking points are just plain ridiculous—for example, a statement from the Warfield Center for African and African American studies, declaring, “[W]e demand that firearms be banned in all spaces occupied by Black people on our campus”—others are factually and statistically indefensible.

There is no disputing the fact that Texas concealed handgun license (CHL) holders are convicted of violent crimes at approximately 1/5 the rate of the general population. However, Gun Free UT claims, “Conviction rates are unreliable, because CHL holders tend to escape prosecution.” The group’s only source for this claim is a link to an article titled “Why Americans Don’t Treat Fatal Gun Negligence as a Crime”—an article that neither explicitly nor implicitly makes the claim in question. Instead, the article is about America’s reluctance to convict individuals responsible for fatal gun accidents. Nothing in the article suggests that America’s unwillingness to convict for negligent shooting deaths is more applicable to CHL holders than to the general population; therefore, Gun Free UT’s claim is completely without merit.

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Turncoats of the Texas Legislature

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Law enforcement across the state are gearing up to harass you for lawful open carry just for exercising your rights thanks to a spineless House of Representatives. The Department of Public Safety is actively telling them they have that authority and Chief Law Enforcement Officers are likewise pushing this mindset to their troops on the line.

During debate of House Bill 910, Representatives Matt Rinaldi (R) and Harold Dutton (D) offered an amendment that would have protected Texans who chose to open carry their handguns. The concern was that law enforcement would harass law abiding citizens going about their normal daily businesses solely based on the act of open carrying. To address this issue, two amendments were offered – one in the House and one in the Senate. The amendment passed near unanimously on a 133-10 vote in the House, with those “no” votes being Democrats. They wanted to make clear that in passing this bill, law enforcement had no authority to stop and ID Texans SOLELY based on the act of open carrying a holstered handgun.

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An Open Letter to Business

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By: CJ Grisham

With the legalization of open carry of modern handguns by licensed Texans just around the corner, the standard narrative is being furthered by anti-gun fear mongers in the media and on the left. Their target: Texas businesses.

Democrat state representative Diego Bernal (D-San Antonio) is even going so far as to buy signs that will ban open carry in businesses and providing them free of charge.

“By providing these signs, I hope to help give customers and business owners peace of mind. I believe it is important to do all we can to help business owners create the atmosphere that best suits them,” Bernal said in an email blast to constituents.

Some form of open carry is legal in forty-four other states. In some states, open carry is only legal in a vehicle. In other states, the licenses to open carry are nearly impossible to obtain, making the practice that much more difficult to do. However, 33 states allow open carry without any permit whatsoever (five states allow constitutional carry, which is open or concealed carry without a license). Continue reading

Licensed Open Carry Comes To Historic Vote In Texas House of Representatives

HB 910, LICENSED OPEN CARRY, TO BE DEBATED AND VOTED ON THIS TUESDAY!

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We need you in Austin!  We need legislators to see a full chamber when they debate and vote on HB 910, Representative Larry Phillips’ licensed open carry bill. 

 LICENSES ONLY SERVE TO CONVERT RIGHTS INTO PRIVILEGES! 

This is where the rubber meets the road.  This is where YOU make the difference and decide whether fighting for your rights is worthy of a small sacrifice to take a day off and take a stand.

Representative Jonathan Stickland will be presenting an amendment to remove the licensing REQUIREMENT from the bill and bring Texas gun laws back in line with our Constitution.  Similar to the atmosphere in Arizona, Stickland’s amendment will maintain the Handgun License as a voluntary license. 

CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY DOES NOT AFFECT RECIPROCITY FOR LICENSEES!!

We have already been told that when Rep. Stickland presents his amendment, it will be voted out on a procedural vote.  Republicans in the House do not want to lose their grip on taxing away and profiting off of your gun rights.
A VOTE IN SUPPORT OF STRIKING DOWN STICKLAND’S AMENDMENT ON A PROCEDURAL VOTE WILL BE COUNTED AS ANANTI-GUN VOTE!!

For two years, you and I have fought hard to get open carry passed and our rights returned to us the way our Founding Fathers intended – UNINFRINGED! We can’t let up now. We need you now more than ever.  This will be the most important vote this legislative session for YOUR gun rights.

We realize that Tuesday is a work day, but we’re begging you to find a way to be at the capitol on April 14th and show our legislators that we’re serious about demanding a return to liberty in Texas. Since this legislative session began, two other states have passed unlicensed open carry laws, bringing the total to 33.

When: Tuesday March 14th, no earlier than 10AM
Where:
House of Representatives Chamber
Place: Capitol Building
Dress: Wear your OCT (or other gun-related) clothing. If you have a Carry To The Capito polo, please wear that.

If for any reason, you are unable to attend in person, please call – don’t email – your representative and make sure they know that any support for a procedural vote that will keep Representative Stickland’s amendment from being voted WILL BE COUNTED AN AS ANTI-GUN VOTE!

Be firm and respectful with your communication please!


Our commitment is to sound the alarm and get you involved as soon as we see movement on gun legislation!
As drafted, HB910 does nothing to further gun rights for over 97% of Texan gun owners. This bill only removes certain restrictions that Concealed Handgun License holders currently have. It will only affect less than 3% of Texans.  Freedom is not violating the rights of another man because you fear his rights or his liberty. With only about 827,000 CHL holders, there can only be one of three reasons why 97% of Texas gun owners do not have a CHL:
  • We don’t like guns.
  • They are all criminals and do not qualify for one.
  • Most Texans don’t believe in converting their right to keep and bear arms into a privilege through a state-mandated 2nd Amendment tax.
WHICH CATEGORY DO YOU FALL INTO?

Imagine All Your Rights Being Treated Like Your Right To Keep And Bear Arms

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In Texas, in order to carry a handgun, Texans must obtain a state-issued license that costs in excess of $200.  You can’t openly carry a handgun at all (NOTE: Except on your private property and a few other specific instances), unlike 45 other states. A thin piece of fabric is all that separates you from being a law-abiding citizen or a “criminal.”  Can you imagine if all your rights were treated this way?

In order to write a letter to the editor, comment on Facebook, post a blog, go to church, protest government corruption, assemble for a common cause, or petition the government for a redress of grievances, you must first acquire an FSL (Freedom of Speech License) that costs over $200.  Additionally, you can’t have been convicted of a Class B misdemeanor or higher (regardless of violation) in the past 5 years, must be current on school loans and child support, and must be at least 21 years old.takes place over 1,000 years ago

In order to ensure that troops aren’t quartered in your home, you must first acquire a Troop Repellent License license that costs over $200 and you can’t have been convicted of a Class B misdemeanor or higher (regardless of violation) in the past 5 years, must be current on school loans and child support, and must be at least 21 years old.

In order to ensure that you are secure in your person, house, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures, you must first obtain a license that costs over $200.  Upon encountering a law enforcement officer and told that he is going to search you without cause, you must present your drivers license and Search and Seizure Protection License to avoid the invasive action. A warrant would only be required for those in possession of the SSPL.

To enjoy protection from double jeopardy after being found innocent of a crime, you must first get a $200 Double Jeopardy License, otherwise the state can prosecute you as many times as it takes to get a guilty verdict. In addition to a DJL, you must also secure a SIL (Self Incrimination License) or you will be required to testify against yourself. A $250 DPL (Due Process License) will ensure that you are not deprived of life, liberty or property.  This license was formerly known as the PAL (Patriot Act License). A Private Property License is the only way to ensure that the State of Texas doesn’t take your property and just laugh when you ask for compensation.

The $200 Criminal Prosecution License (CPL) recognizes that you are entitled to an attorney, that the state doesn’t hold a secret trial against you five years after you’re falsely arrested (assuming you don’t have a SSPL). Witnesses against you are protected from cross examination unless you have a current CPL.

After being trained on the duties of jurors and proving that you haven’t ignored a jury summons in the past five years, you can go to your nearest courthouse to obtain a $200 Jury Trial License that recognizes your right to a trial by jury.

Are you sensitive to pain and suffering?  Have no fear.  Texas would offer a $200 CUPL (Cruel and Unusual Punishment License) once you successfully pass SERE training.  Texans refusing to secure a CUPL will find themselves working in the oil fields without pay wearing only a pink slenderman suit.

In order to protect those rights that are not enumerated in the constitution, but that you retain as a living being, a $1500 RPL (Rights Protection License).

But, have no fear.  In order for Texas to enjoy state sovereignty, they are also required to obtain a license.  For a small fee of just $2,500,000, Texas can obtain a SSL (State Sovereignty License) to protect from federal encroachment.  It must first complete training that hasn’t been identified yet and meet certain criteria they can’t discern.

The Not A Slave License protects you from being involuntarily subjected to slavery. For an additional $650 (on top of the $200 license), you can even own slaves – those that don’t have an NSL.

In order to vote, you must present your driver license and $200 VCL (voters certification license). If you’re poor or elderly, you would only have to pay $150 after proving that you graduated from civics training and understand how our system of government works.  You must also pass a separate range qualification that tests your knowledge on political issues presented on the ballot for any given election.

This is what the country would look like if every right was treated like your 2nd Amendment rights.  Support more gun rights for Texas. #SupportHB195.