She’s exactly right.

Suzanna Gratia Hupp, that is:

The woman who many consider to be the mother of the Texas Concealed Handgun Law says the state isn’t doing enough to allow its citizens to exercise their Second Amendment Rights, and now is the time to further liberalize the state’s gun laws, 1200 WOAI news reports.

Suzanna Hupp was with her parents in the Luby’s in Killeen in 1991 when a gunman opened fire….

She says the first thing the state needs to do is to eliminate the need to take a safety test and get a permit before a citizen who does not have a criminal record and has not been judged insane can carry a handgun.

“You don’t need a permit to carry or to exercise your right,” she said.  “That’s what we should be moving toward.”

Yep. Don’t get me wrong — it’s great that Texans at least have the option to carry. On the other hand, though, the costs of the permit are so high that they price a lot of people right out of that permit. And just as she says, we shouldn’t need a permit to exercise our right. To go back to the old analogy a lot of people use, if we had to get a pricey permit to start a newspaper or a blog, we’d all be raising hell about it and rightfully so. I know there are a lot of people who talk about Texas as if it were some sort of Wild West throwback, but in reality Texas’ laws are actually some of the more restrictive of the shall-issue states. I seem to recall there being certain Massachusetts laws that are less strict than Texas’ laws in regards to where you can carry.

Even if it wasn’t like that, though, Suzanna Hupp is still right. We deserve Constitutional carry as free citizens, and we should get it as soon as possible. It’s the only right thing to do.

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3 Responses to “She’s exactly right.”

  1. Too Old To Work Says:

    The biggest difference I’ve found is that in Texas a sign prohibiting carry on private property has the force of law, while in MA, it’s just a sign. They can ask you to leave in MA, but you are not breaking any law.

    Other than that, I think that Texas is better than MA in that regard.

    I still don’t get the prohibition on open carry in Texas, though.

    • Les Says:

      I think it was punishment for being on the losing side of the war against Northern aggression. Thieving occupation politicians, much like the ones today were afraid of their fellow citizens/subjects. Once it’s there, succeeding generations are used to oppression and afraid to go back. Kind of like a cage raised animal being scared to ;leave when the door is open. Particularly when they have a Lynn Ashby bleating in their ears about Old West, Bubbas, and blood running in the streets.

  2. mattexian Says:

    When they were passing the CHL laws, I joked with a friend that I was looking forward to signs in bars that read “Please leave your gunbelt at the door.”

    At least the laws have been straightened out to clarify, any time when one is driving allows the legal protection of meeting the “traveling” exemption against having a unlicensed firearm. Might not do much good once you get somewhere and get out of your vehicle, but it offers the chance to protect yourself ( from carjackers and road-rage nuts) while going from A to B.

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