The right to keep and bear arms is an individual, natural right that is recognized – that is, not granted – by the Second Amendment to our United States constitution and Article 1, Section 23 of our Texas Constitution.
The battle to protect our right to keep and bear arms is one that we cannot back away from or afford to lose. If we lose our right to keep and bear arms, we cannot protect our other rights.
In Texas, though, we do not need to be on the defense against further restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms. It is well past time for Texans to push forward in eliminating existing infringements at the state and federal level.
Constitutional Carry – Requiring permission to exercise a natural right disrespects that right. Under existing law, Texans can carry pistols concealed in their vehicles without permission, and none of the dire consequences predicted by firearms freedom opponents has occurred. But Texas needs to stop requiring a license before law-abiding-citizens can carry a pistol outside of their vehicle. The idea of removing a permit system is called “constitutional carry” because the Second Amendment and/or Article 1, Section 23 is your license to carry a weapon.
Vermont has had such a law for decades. We need a law like that in Alaska and Arizona that provides for permitting in reciprocity with other states.
Protecting our School Children
It is well past time to remove restrictions that keep responsible adults from carrying firearms in defense of our children in our primary and secondary schools. We know that terrorists have attacked schools in Russia. A decentralized threat requires a decentralized response. No more gun-free victim zones in Texas! Let’s do what we can to protect our children from terrorists and crazies.
What Part of “Shall Not Infringed” Do the Feds Not Understand?
All federal regulation of firearms is unconstitutional. I will lead Texas to enforce the Constitution against the enforcement of unconstitutional federal firearms acts in Texas.
So, let’s get started.