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Stickland, Rinaldi, pro-gun coalition ask Governor to support ‘Constitutional Carry’

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“Law-abiding Texans should not have to beg the government for permission and pay a fee to exercise their God-given right to self-defense.”

This was the opening line of coalition letter sent by 78 grassroots organizations and leaders from around the state, petitioning Governor Greg Abbott to add Constitutional Carry to the agenda for the special session of the legislature. Read the letter by clicking the images below.

Under the rules of the special session, the legislature can only pass bills requested by the governor.

On Monday morning, Reps. Jonathan Stickland and Matt Rinaldi joined National Association for Gun Rights President Dudley Brown at a press conference announcing a renewed effort to pass the bill during the remainder of the special session. Watch the conference by clicking here.



Stickland and Rinaldi authored the bill during the regular session, but it died in committee. Brown blamed it on “[Speaker] Joe Straus and his cronies.”

There are about a dozen Constitutional Carry states – including two additions this year – in which people who can legally purchase guns can also legally carry them. There are no additional requirements, such as licenses or fees.

Aside from the existing states, about a dozen others have considered or are considering the same legislation this year.

Brown believes Texans are more pro-gun than the laws of the state reflect. In fact, he said he had never seen a groundswell of support for the legislation like it anywhere else in the country.

In 2015, Texas passed open carry, but left the license requirement in place. Brown called it a “joke,” saying that his home state of Colorado doesn’t require a license for that, despite being controlled by a Democratic governor, and a Democratic House of Representatives.

Brown also called the 2017 bill which lowered the licensing fee a “ruse” and said that “Governor Abbott has a chance to prove his pro-gun credentials.”

Stickland echoed Brown’s charge that the death of Constitutional Carry during the last two regular sessions of the legislature was orchestrated, “directly by the Speaker’s team.” He elaborated:

“The reason it was stopped in the committee process is because they know we have earned the votes, and we have the votes to pass this bill on the floor with no compromises in it, and they have to kill it before it gets to that point.”

Rinaldi donned a “20-for-20” lapel pin, affirming his commitment to help pass all 20 of Governor Abbott’s special session agenda items. But he said:

“the one area where we’re missing an item on the call is Second Amendment rights. So what I think is that we should add Constitutional Carry to the call, and hopefully by the end of this special session, I’ll get a chance to switch my pin to a ‘21-for-21’ pin which I will happily do.”

Following the conference, the National Association for Gun Rights, along with Texas Gun Rights and Lone Star Gun Rights, took 80,000 petitions to the governor’s office asking him to add Constitutional Carry to the call of the session.

The governor’s office has not responded to the letter or the petitions at this time.



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154 Comments

  1. Robert R. McBride
  2. Morgan Abney
    1. Mark Metcalf
      Mark Metcalf

      When do you ever use a gun for self defense?

    2. Morgan Abney
    3. Mark Metcalf
    4. Kimberly York
      Kimberly York

      Mark would you like to come in the middle of the night that I do as a healthcare professional?

    5. Charles Kee
      Charles Kee

      Hope and pray to God you never need it , yet nice to be prepared if you do. The world is changing rapidly and bad things happen and there things that were once safe that are not now. If you dont like guns dont carry one but as stated before if you can buy a pistol you already qualify for a chl so its a bs charge for a given right.

  3. Joe Matlock
  4. Jimmy Hodges
    1. Mark Metcalf
      Mark Metcalf

      I’m glad our lawmakers don’t want CC.

    2. Lawrence Brown
    3. Mark Metcalf
      Mark Metcalf

      They recognize that armed citizens don’t deter crime, or make us safer.

    4. Jimmy Hodges
      Jimmy Hodges

      I won’t Constitutional carry. Can run too old to fight need some kind of protection for me an the wife. I do know about guns my Dad had guns all my life I’VE had guns all my life we’ve never killed anybody.

    5. Kimberly York
      Kimberly York

      Mark please look up the statistics because actually they do!

    6. Jimmy Hodges
  5. Jessie Stone
  6. David Brown
    1. Mark Metcalf
    2. Shane Patterson
      Shane Patterson

      Militia is the whole body of the citizenry.
      Well regulated literally means well equipped and provisioned. Learn colonial definitions and terms.

    3. David Brown
  7. Sandra Parsons
  8. Gerald Tremblay
  9. Ken Schrader
  10. Wayne Futch
    Wayne Futch

    It’s in The freakin constitution for gods sake. If you don’t believe in the constitution you are a traitor and should be hung as such

    1. Mark Metcalf
    2. Wayne Futch
    3. Mark Metcalf
      Mark Metcalf

      If Gov. Abbott was in favor of CC, it would be law today.

    4. Wayne Futch
      Wayne Futch

      Mark politics dude give it time if not I will stand with you getting on his ass

    5. Randy Beale
      Randy Beale

      If he would have been in favour of the top 5 planks coming out of convention they would be law . Sometimes they have to reminded who put them in office can vote them out of office.

    6. Wayne Futch
      Wayne Futch

      Have to agree with that but what you gonna do? Over All I think he’s been good and am willing to give it more time. Let him know for sure but politics never makes things simple right?

    7. Mark Metcalf
      Mark Metcalf

      Abbot doesn’t want CC because he sees that we have an epidemic of gun violence in our country.

    8. Mark Metcalf
      Mark Metcalf

      Abbot doesn’t want CC because he sees that we have an epidemic of gun violence in our country.

    9. Wayne Futch
      Wayne Futch

      I really don’t think that’s it Mark, he was instumental in open carry. which im not a big believer in, it puts a target on your back. To me cc is not a big deal nwe can still get our guns carry our guns in which ever fasio. we chose. if you are talking about the principle of it sure. we shouldnt need a licence for a constitutional right. But since we still get what we want overall i wiuld rather see him concentrait on more important matters like immigration, the boarder wall, tbe conference of states, the muslim problem. A of this tome is more important than constitutional carry. just sayin. have a good one

    10. Wayne Futch
      Wayne Futch

      I really don’t think that’s it Mark, he was instumental in open carry. which im not a big believer in, it puts a target on your back. To me cc is not a big deal nwe can still get our guns carry our guns in which ever fasio. we chose. if you are talking about the principle of it sure. we shouldnt need a licence for a constitutional right. But since we still get what we want overall i wiuld rather see him concentrait on more important matters like immigration, the boarder wall, tbe conference of states, the muslim problem. A of this tome is more important than constitutional carry. just sayin. have a good one

    11. Mark Metcalf
      Mark Metcalf

      Wayne Futch The “Muslim problem”? More Americans are hurt by their own gun accidents, than by muslims in our country. There is no comparison.
      I’m against the Wall, which would be horrible for the environment.

    12. Wayne Futch
      Wayne Futch

      Mr. Mark. You are confusing me. I’m assuming now after your last couple of post you are anti gun?

  11. Paul Hulsey
  12. Mark Metcalf
    Mark Metcalf

    Why do we want Const. Carry, when most Americans will never use a gun in self defense?

    1. Steve Williams
      Steve Williams

      That is their choice…I respect that…

      Just don’t get in my way to exercise my right to keep and bear arms as I see fit…

    2. Mark Metcalf
      Mark Metcalf

      Steve Williams I’m curious how often you use a gun in self defense?

    3. Steve Williams
      Steve Williams

      Once…And that incident did not require me discharging my firearm…

    4. Steve Williams
      Steve Williams

      Once…And that incident did not require me discharging my firearm…

    5. Mark Metcalf
      Mark Metcalf

      You care about your gun rights, but you don’t care about the “public health crisis of gun violence” (AMA) in our country today.

    6. Mark Metcalf
      Mark Metcalf

      You care about your gun rights, but you don’t care about the “public health crisis of gun violence” (AMA) in our country today.

    7. Cynthia Miller
      Cynthia Miller

      The times that we don’t need a gun for self defense aren’t the concern.
      But more importantly, it’s because the Constitution doesn’t specify that our rights only apply if “most Americans” will absolutely use them.

    8. Cynthia Miller
      Cynthia Miller

      The times that we don’t need a gun for self defense aren’t the concern.
      But more importantly, it’s because the Constitution doesn’t specify that our rights only apply if “most Americans” will absolutely use them.

    9. Jimmy Hodges
      Jimmy Hodges

      For one it’s are right. I would rather have it than not.I don’t won’t to hurt anybody, but I don’t won’t to be a victim either.

    10. Jimmy Hodges
      Jimmy Hodges

      For one it’s are right. I would rather have it than not.I don’t won’t to hurt anybody, but I don’t won’t to be a victim either.

    11. Donald Rutledge
      Donald Rutledge

      Go troll somewhere else little wimp, if it wasn’t for us combat veteran your ass would be rotting in a gulag somewhere

    12. Donald Rutledge
      Donald Rutledge

      Go troll somewhere else little wimp, if it wasn’t for us combat veteran your ass would be rotting in a gulag somewhere

    13. Mark Metcalf
      Mark Metcalf

      Carrying a gun increases risk for you. Keeping a gun in the home increases risk for your family. The AMA is right to call gun violence a “Public health crisis” today.

    14. Mark Metcalf
      Mark Metcalf

      Carrying a gun increases risk for you. Keeping a gun in the home increases risk for your family. The AMA is right to call gun violence a “Public health crisis” today.

    15. Shane Patterson
    16. Jimmy Hodges
    17. John Chip Hubbard
      John Chip Hubbard

      My guns in my house have never, EVER threatened my wife, children, or me. They wait patiently where I keep them.

    18. Jimmy Hodges
    19. John Chip Hubbard
      John Chip Hubbard

      Mark Metcalf, we appreciate your concern for us but it’s not your problem, although you think like a typical liberal. You don’t want one so you don’t want me to have one either.

    20. Mark Metcalf
      Mark Metcalf

      You mean your guns which are never actually used, wait patiently where you keep them.

    21. Fred Wiener
      Fred Wiener

      I wonder what Marck would do if some one threatened his family, probably try to talk them out of it
      I have been in the military and in law enforcement zi carry every day. Yhe fact that I carry puts me in no more danger than than anyone else but if a life threatening situation occurs at least I have the means to protect myself and my family. I won’t be on my knees begging someone not to hurt me

    22. John Chip Hubbard
      John Chip Hubbard

      No, I mean my firearms that I have to protect my family, especially when I’m at my ranch, 20 miles from Mexico, when we are threatened by Coyotes, Cartel, Illegals, or Mules.

    23. John Chip Hubbard
      John Chip Hubbard

      They also enjoy when I take them hunting, and reward me by performing flawlessly because I practice with them, and care for them, and they are understanding that I can not take them all together.

    24. Mark Metcalf
      Mark Metcalf

      Police and professional security deter crime.Untrained citizens don’t deter crime.

    25. Jimmy Hodges
      Jimmy Hodges

      Yes and in 60 years They have NEVER ever killed anyone. I had four son’s and they never bothered them they new not to bother them . You have teach your right.

    26. William Rhodes
      William Rhodes

      I keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen even though I’ve never had a fire

    27. Mark Metcalf
      Mark Metcalf

      John Hubbard, I’m so sorry you have to shoot those mules threatening your family!

    28. Mickey A Scaffe
    29. Jesse Garcia
      Jesse Garcia

      It’s that one day when a criminal decides he has a right to take ones life then that weapan comes in handy !! Be prepared 😎yes I was a boy scout !!!

    30. John Chip Hubbard
      John Chip Hubbard

      Mark Metcalf Jackass, a Mule hauls drugs, and a Coyote smuggles people, and yes they are all armed, they come through my ranch several times each week, and they are a threat.

  13. Gary Ferguson
    Gary Ferguson

    Yes. If you can legally purchase a pistol, you should be able to carry it. We should not have to pay for a right the constitution already gives us.

    The bad guys are gonna carry theirs regardless of any law.

    1. Mark Metcalf
      Mark Metcalf

      When kids accidentally shoot each other, which is the “bad guy”?

    2. Randy Beale
      Randy Beale

      Not talking about kids talking about adults carrying firearms.

    3. Kimberly York
      Kimberly York

      Mark actually children taught to handle guns have much less accidents then those that aren’t

    4. Mark Metcalf
    5. Randy Beale
      Randy Beale

      Obviously there would be no stats if kids who handled guns safely because nothing happened.

    6. Kimberly York
      Kimberly York

      And how many of those supposed 20,000 are children with anti gun stents?

    7. Charles Richardson
      Charles Richardson

      Well Mark I can provide you personal testimony that kids that are educated about Firearms don’t shoot themselves or their friends
      My father was a police officer he kept his service revolver in the top of the closet when he came home and us kids knew we were not to touch that revolver
      We were educated from a very young age that that revolver would kill your ass dead up if you played with it.
      I know kids when I was growing up that their parents tried to hide everything from them so when they they found their parents gun they wanted to play with it.
      That’s when I tell him you’re crazy I’m going home

    8. Charles Richardson
      Charles Richardson

      Well Mark I can provide you personal testimony that kids that are educated about Firearms don’t shoot themselves or their friends
      My father was a police officer he kept his service revolver in the top of the closet when he came home and us kids knew we were not to touch that revolver
      We were educated from a very young age that that revolver would kill your ass dead up if you played with it.
      I know kids when I was growing up that their parents tried to hide everything from them so when they they found their parents gun they wanted to play with it.
      That’s when I tell him you’re crazy I’m going home

    9. Charles Richardson
      Charles Richardson

      People like Mark are the reason why 4500 kids die from accidental shooting each year

    10. Charles Richardson
      Charles Richardson

      People like Mark are the reason why 4500 kids die from accidental shooting each year

    11. Dan Moore
      Dan Moore

      Mark Metcalf, the parent who failed to teach them proper gun safety.

  14. Herve Abrams
  15. Jackie Mccutcheon
  16. Lonis Westmorland
  17. Betty Harlow
  18. Ronald Love
  19. John Sanford
  20. Lois Wright
  21. Guy Potter
    Guy Potter

    Just this morning Abbott’s office told me it most likely WON’T be added to the special session. “Our Reps” don’t represent us.

  22. Bill Snyder
  23. Sandra Gilliam
  24. David Gomez
  25. Kimberly York
  26. Wayne Futch
  27. Ronnie Rich
  28. Jewrry Wright
  29. Ronald Wayne Green
  30. Billy Smith
  31. Mike Redwine
  32. Marty Roper McElhaney
    Marty Roper McElhaney

    It’s embarrassing that Texas, of all states, Remember the Alamo, won’t adopt Constitutional Carry.
    New Hampshire has.

  33. Tim Acton
  34. Richard Richardson
  35. Michael Routson
  36. Richard Richardson
    Richard Richardson

    It should be ok in Texas,we got to deal with the Border.what’s up Abbott

  37. Vinny Moya
    Vinny Moya

    that DAMNED ASSHOLE strauss FUCKED THIS UP !! THIS SON OF A BITCH !!!!! HES A FUCKING LIBERAL ASS !!! WISH SOME HOW THIS ASSHOLE WOULD BE DEAD !!!!!!!

  38. Carl Enloe
  39. Rob Paige
    Rob Paige

    you know they are going to drop that, the state makes so much money on the CHL, … It’s almost like a speeding ticket, or red light ticket, and makes me so sad that our reps haven’t read the Constitution <3

  40. Tony Mattson
  41. David Brabson
  42. Greg Smith
  43. Shirley Hill
  44. Barbara Zaidle
  45. Alice Dorries Thomas
  46. Claudia Schwarz-sdf
    Claudia Schwarz-sdf

    Yes, All Pro America accepts their inherent rights upheld in The Constitution!

  47. James Henry
  48. Carol Braziel
  49. Jesse Martar
  50. Jimmy Hodges
    Jimmy Hodges

    If ABBOTT doesn’t put it in the special session. The next ELECTION we should vote him out of office and the Reps to.

  51. Jimmy Hodges
    Jimmy Hodges

    If ABBOTT doesn’t put it in the special session. The next ELECTION we should vote him out of office and the Reps to.

  52. Linda May
  53. Ed Maris
  54. Alan Ferguson
  55. Bob Neefe
  56. Mike Tallent
  57. Mike Tallent
  58. Shane Patterson
    Shane Patterson

    I will not support any candidate that does not support constitutional carry, decriminalization of marijuana and lowering or repealing property taxes on residential/non commercial property.

  59. Jesse Garcia
    Jesse Garcia

    It’s how it was written and slowly the powers that be slowly take our constitutionally guaranteed rights to freedom!!
    It’s time to peacefully say btfu

  60. Stephen Edward Ball
  61. Fred Wiener
  62. Lynette Lucas
  63. Patricia Hutto
  64. Richard Richardson
    Richard Richardson

    I’m a military police veteran and I don’t need any training to use a weapon.

  65. Samuel Ruiz
  66. John Hubert Spears
  67. Dee Yost
  68. Dennis Brown
  69. Russell Lindley
  70. Jeff Rooke
    Jeff Rooke

    The Block button is a wonderful thing!

  71. Tom Roach
  72. Randy Todd
  73. William D. Wood
  74. Rick Tuttle
  75. Butch Carter
  76. Corey James Myers
  77. Katherene Bigger
  78. David Blake
  79. Bennie Bradley
  80. Trisha Jordan
  81. Loretta Sanders

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