Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a Republican, recently admitted there are not enough votes in the Texas legislature to pass a law that would allow Texans to openly carry handguns without a license. This statement angered at least one pro-gun group.
“Second Amendment rights are very important, but open carry does not reach to the level of prioritizing at this point,” Patrick told the Texas Tribune. “I don’t think the votes are there.”
Pro-gun group Open Carry Tarrant County made news in mid-January when its members lobbied for the open carry of handguns and harassed a lawmaker in his office.
Kory Watkins of Open Carry Tarrant County recently expressed his displeasure about state Republican lawmakers who do not support the open carry of handguns in the state.
In a video (below) originally uploaded to his Facebook page, Watkins urged his fellow gun supporters to call state senators and find out who "dares not to support the 10,000+ constituents that made constitutional carry the No. 1 priority on their platform this year, which senator dares to go against 10,000+ people who unanimously voted to have constitutional carry as a priority, what Republican senator dares to vote against the constitution."
"I want to know who it is," added Watkins. "We need to get these people out of Texas, they don't belong here. This is a Republic. That right that was given to me by my creator is guaranteed, period. I don't need a bill."
"Gimme my constitutional right or get the hell out of of Texas!" said Watkins. "Let's find who these Republicans senators are. It's time to stop jacking around and pussyfooting!"
Open Carry Tarrant County posted this message on Facebook on Jan. 28: "Well, it's time to hunt down the Republicans who don't support the Constitution and the Republican Platform. Then, we will expose them and help them find a new job by making sure they won't have a chance to ever get elected in Texas again. Time to start sending these people to California."