Waco shooting and the Texas open carry debate

Will Sunday’s shooting in Waco impact the open carry debate currently underway in Texas?

From Watchdog Arena:

The impact of Sunday afternoon’s motorcycle gang brawl at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco remains to be seen, but it didn’t stop a Senate committee from voting to move forward on an open carry bill.

The Texas Senate State Affairs Committee heard testimony Monday on House Bill 910, a bill allowing open carry for concealed handgun license (CHL) holders. And in what’s best-termed ironic timing, Sunday’s incident that left 9 dead, 18 injured, and more than 170 arrested couldn’t help but come up.

Texas and five other states – California, Florida, Illinois, New York and South Carolina – have specific open carry bans. According to The Wall Street Journal, 13 states require a special permit or license to open carry while the other 31 states don’t.

“Just 24 hours after the shootout in Waco, it’s clear that more guns in more places with fewer safeguards is not a winning strategy for public safety,” Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America posted on its Facebook page. The post also included a picture of Moms Demand Action – TX signing up to testify against HB 910.

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