The Texas House of Representatives has pushed through a bill allowing licensed open carry of handguns by a 101-to-42 vote. With the Senate having already approved a similar bill, open carry should soon be passed pending the signature of Gov. Greg Abbott. Texas would have the highest population of any state to implement open carry, although it is currently one of only six states in the country not to allow it in any form.
The 2A Tide Is Turning
On April 17, the Pew Research Center published an analysis of December’s survey showing an inexorable shift toward support for gun rights instead of gun control. The group’s examination notes that, despite a long-term decline in crime rates, more Americans believe crime is rising, and looks for a connection to support for gun rights.
The study also found that reaction to rising crime is turning 180 degrees. While 25 years ago a belief that crime was rising more often resulted in a desire for gun control, belief in rising crime now results in a desire to protect gun rights (to a significant degree, the same shift occurs among those who do not believe crime is rising).
Whether Americans think crime is rising or not, more of them believe in the right to keep and bear arms. They have reached their own conclusions based on the facts, not on fears.
Oregon: Recalls Underway
The “universal” background check measure under consideration in Oregon has many gun-rights supporters riled—to the point of initiating recalls against those who don’t support their right to keep and bear arms.
According to The Oregonian, paperwork for recalls have been submitted against Sen. Chuck Riley and Rep. Susan McLain, both of whom sponsored Senate Bill 941. Additionally, paperwork for a recall has been submitted targeting House Majority Leader Val Hoyle, a supporter of the measure.
It remains to be seen whether the movement will catch on and more legislators will be subject to possible recall, as occurred in Colorado last year after restrictive anti-gun legislation was passed in that state.
Cleveland Adopts Gun Offender Registry
On Monday, the Cleveland, Ohio, City Council passed legislation that creates a “gun offender registry.” Similar to a sex offender registry, the ordinance requires that criminals who have used a gun in a crime be required to register with the city within five days of being released from jail or prison, or when moving to Cleveland.
Mayor Frank Jackson, a proponent of the ordinance, claims, “Law enforcement officers now have another tool to attack the problem of gun violence and make Cleveland a safer place.”
Yet Councilman Michael Polensek, who voted for the legislation, offers a differing view. “I think there are going to be some people who think that as a result of this passage, things will dramatically change in this city,” he stated. “And they are not, because the bad guys are not turning in their guns. The bad guys are not registering."
Colorado Provides Campus Carry Case Study
Texans appear set to allow on-campus carry by licensed, trained adults for lawful self-protection. Unfortunately, those paid—apparently—to ignore the mounting evidence are out in force to protest (complete with profanity), from UT Chancellor William McRaven to Houston Democrat Rodney Ellis. They predict violent disaster over Socrates and bad grades.
Frequent America’s 1st Freedom contributor Dave Kopel disagrees, and calmly drubs the whole idea in the typically firearms-hostile Washington Post. Citing more than a decade of experience and multiple statistical analyses from Colorado, virtually every canard of CCW dies the death it so richly deserves.
Because you’re sure to be asked, how many incidents have there been on college campuses since the 2003 passage? The answer is one—a negligent discharge that injured no one (though the university employee responsible was—rightly—dismissed).
Intruder Shot By Lexington, Ky., Homeowner
A Lexington, Ky., homeowner is not expected to face charges after shooting a man who kicked down his door late Friday night. According to police, the suspect, 52-year-old Robert Cole, had been visiting the homeowner earlier that day when the two got into an argument. Cole left the man’s house, but when he returned just before 11 p.m. and attempted to force his way inside, the homeowner fired at him.
Police say Cole, who has been charged with first-degree burglary, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a local hospital and later transported to the Fayette County Detention Center. The shooting is being treated as self-defense.