…the San Antonio Express-News editorial board shows its ignorance:
Texas is still, fortunately, one of those states where openly carrying handguns is generally prohibited. Concealed weapons, with permits, still are restricted from most places where it makes sense to restrict them — churches, prisons, nursing homes, school sporting events, bars and CWI (carrying while intoxicated).
These last two are based on the indisputable proposition that alcohol and guns are not a good combination, a fact lost on Georgia’s legislature.
There is simply no need for gun envy here. Texas already is acknowledged to have some of the most lax gun ownership rules in the nation.
Some of the most lax gun ownership rules in the nation, whaaaaat? No open carry whatsoever, exorbitant, non-refundable CHL application, renewal, and training fees, and the Express-News considers that lax? One wonders what they’d consider the laws in a state like Indiana, where a lifetime license to carry is $100 — $40 less than Texas’ initial application fee and only $30 more than Texas’ four-year renewal fee. And if I remember correctly, you can carry in bars in Indiana as well, just like you can in Georgia now. This is nothing more than the same old “blood will run in the streets” Chicken Little rhetoric the anti-gunners have been trotting out for at least the last 20 years — in Texas and everywhere else. You’d think they’d have come up with better arguments by now, considering how many times they have been proven wrong.
But then, this is the San Antonio Express-News editorial board we’re dealing with here….