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    Texas Starts 2016 With New Open Carry Gun Law

    FILE - Scott Smith, a supporter of open carry gun laws, wears pistol as he prepares for rally in support of open carry gun laws in Austin, Texas, Jan. 26, 2015.
    FILE - Scott Smith, a supporter of open carry gun laws, wears pistol as he prepares for rally in support of open carry gun laws in Austin, Texas, Jan. 26, 2015.
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    The southwestern U.S. state of Texas on Friday celebrated its new law that allows people to openly carry handguns. The law allows licensed Texans for the first time since 1871 to carry a holstered pistol in public. The open carry law passed in the Republican-dominated 2015 legislative session.

    Supporters of the new law rallied at the Texas State Capitol in Austin Friday with their holstered guns.

    Texans who have passed a required safety course and have a concealed handgun permit can visibly carry their holstered weapons in public.

    Supporters of the law say it will enhance public safety. Opponents say there is scant evidence open carry states are safer places to live.

    More than 40 U.S. states have some form of an open carry law, but Texas is the most populous U.S. state allowing people to tote their guns into an array of businesses and public places.

    The new Texas law comes amid what U.S. President Barack Obama described Friday in his weekly address as the country's "epidemic of gun violence." He said he will meet with Attorney General Loretta Lynch Monday to discuss the options available to him to stem the tide of violence.

    Some information is from Reuters.

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    by: Trump
    January 02, 2016 4:13 PM
    It's time for every single minority, hispanic, muslim, black to get licensed and arm themselves in texas. Then see how the current 1 million overweight wannabe cowboys/cops beg the government to ban guns.

    by: DOM MCKENZIE
    January 02, 2016 3:51 PM
    Finley a law that makes sense. Why do people think that only victims should be defenseless?

    by: Ricardo from: Brazil
    January 02, 2016 12:57 PM
    The right to bear arms in public will raise many questions, among them:

    Texans will have the right to board with weapons on flights within the state of Texas?

    Does the law provides minimum age to pass the required safety course? If no, so teenagers can take weapons to school?

    It is allowed to bear arms even in risky activities like roller coaster ride in children's parks?
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    by: meanbill from: USA
    January 03, 2016 12:24 AM
    Hey Ricardo _ Businesses, schools and hospitals, government buildings, restaurants and parks and other places have a right to ban guns on their premises? .. What Texas did was to let citizens with (concealed) gun carry legal permits, carry their legal guns in the open now? .. The only thing Texas changed, was to let the (concealed) gun carry law abiding citizens now, carry their guns that that they had concealed before, in the open now? .. Nothing changed? .. The gun they had concealed before, can be carried in the open now? .. legally....
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    by: Dom from: Madison, WI
    January 03, 2016 12:15 AM
    Ricardo, Your questions can easily be looked up on the web, and no kids can't bring there guns to school or even carry them at all unless they are hunting with a parent. The question about getting on a airplane with a gun is also is also far out there, no you can not get on a airplane with a gun anyplace in the US. In the state of Wisconsin we have had open or concealed carry for almost 5 years now, no problems at all, unless your a violent criminal. 99,9% of the time I carry concealed, this works better for me.

    by: Chimelak
    January 02, 2016 10:56 AM
    I'm proud to be a native Texan. I will be even prouder when Obama is gone from office. God Bless America and the 2nd Amendment.

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