Texas is a gun-friendly state by almost any measure. So much so, that you see signs on businesses that actually welcome the open carry of firearms.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott found one of those and proceeded to spread the word.
“You know you’re in Texas when you see signs like this,” the governor Tweeted with a photo of a store’s front door sign that reads “Lawful open and concealed carry is welcome here!”
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 3, 2017
The sign, produced by FriendOrFoe.us continues:
We refuse to be a disarmed victim zone. Help keep our town safe and crime free. Keep your weapon holstered unless the need arises.
Nearly two years ago, Governor Abbott signed the bill into law authorizing those with a License to Carry permit the ability to openly carry a holstered handgun. Breitbart Texas reported in June 2015. The law became effective January 1, 2016.
In the current legislative session, Senators Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) and Joan Huffman (R-Houston) introduced a bill to eliminate the fees for obtaining a License to Carry, Breitbart Texas’ Lana Shadwick reported. Senate Bill 16 will remove both the $140 application fee and the fee for the required criminal background check. The fee for training by a licensed instructor remains in effect if the bill passes.
SB 16 passed the Texas Senate late in March and proceeded to the House where it must pass before going to the Governor’s desk.