North Texas Lawmaker Proposes Bill To Allow Dallas to Opt-Out of Open Carry
Representative Eric Johnson, a North Texas lawmaker, has proposed a bill that would allow Dallas to opt-out of open carry. Johnson believes that local level politicians and courts should be the decision makers on open carry.
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He also says that bigger cities, such as Dallas, are more vulnerable and at an elevated risk when open carry is permitted.
Johnson said, “Open carry is a bad idea in my personal opinion from a public safety standpoint but I’m not a police chief… and I’m not on the Dallas City Council, but I do believe that’s where that decision should lie.” Johnson also said the next step is to have a discussion about this agenda in front of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee now that this bill has been proposed.
Currently, thirty-one states allow the open carrying of a handgun without any license or permit, although in some cases the gun must be unloaded. Fifteen states require some form of license or permit in order to openly carry a handgun.