It looks like a proposal to enact what is called 'Constitutional Carry' of firearms in Texas is dead for the current session, due largely to the actions of one over enthusiastic gun rights activist, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
State Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford), who is the sponsor of the bill, which would allow anybody who is eligible to purchase a firearm to carry it openly without the need to obtain a license from the state, says he is pulling the bill from consideration after the activist started knocking on the doors of the homes of state lawmakers, attempting to harangue them about the bill and pass out fliers.
"There is never a time or place to physically threaten an elected official with violence," Stickland said. "It is never okay or helpful to your cause to curse out their staff, and it is never okay to target their homes and businesses when you know they are not in town."
Stickland says a DPS trooper encountered the activist as he was approaching the home of House Speaker Dennis Bonnen. Other lawmakers say he had been harassing them as well. It is not known whether the activist was armed at the time.
The head of the House committee that was going to consider Stickland's bill says plans for a hearing have now been cancelled, which means the bill has no hope of being approved this session.
Gun rights groups have been lobbying for 'open carry' for the last several sessions, claiming that the Second Amendment says the right of the people to keep and bear arms 'shall not be infringed,' and requiring a state license to carry a weapon, and charging a fee for that license, is an infringement.