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5 Things You Need to Know About Target and Open Carry Texas

It’s no secret that the mainstream media has no interest in covering news without bias, especially when it comes to gun control. The latest smear has been a dust up about Target stores and the pro-gun organization Open Carry Texas. Unfortunately, because this is happening in Texas, it’s very easy for the liberal media to distort the facts. Let’s take a moment to clear things up.

1. Target hasn’t banned weapons from their stores. – Contrary to what Huffington Post is at least implying, the store simply didn’t ban guns. What they did do was respectfully ask people to “choose” not to bring weapons into their stores. Dana Loesch explains that clearly for everyone.

2. No, the pictures of people with long guns aren’t all from Texas. – Again, we’re dealing with news with an agenda. Moms Demand Action pushed out the photographs. Don’t expect the mainstream media to double-check that they are all from the state they’re reporting about.

3. Open Carry Texas told members months ago to not take long arms into businesses without express permission. – Contrary to news reports, this organization is not lead by gun zealots that want to make people feel nervous about weapons being in stores. (Never mind that having people with legal weapons should make people feel safer, since they’re a good deterrent against criminals.) This organization is focused on legislative action, namely getting open carry fully restored in the state of Texas.

4. “The people were carrying long guns in public for the shock factor, because they’re gun nuts!” commentary is a lie. – This is an important issue to clarify, especially for the benefit of people outside Texas. The Moms Demand Action organization is very pleased with the fact that this story is getting national attention, especially in states where people can open carry handguns. A quick Twitter experiment shows that this tactic is working for them.


There were no replies to that, just a single retweet as of this writing. That’s a big problem.

The reason why the Open Carry Texas activists are going around with long guns is because those are the only kinds of weapons that are legal for them to open carry.

Texas gun laws are interesting, to say the least. While the people are generally for guns, the laws are a little, well bizarre. In summary from

“In Texas, it is generally illegal to carry a handgun outside of a person’s own premises. However, a person may carry, either open or concealed, in a non-threatening or alarming manner, a shotgun or rifle.”

With the exception of about a handful of situations, one must have a concealed carry license to carry a handgun in Texas. This is why Open Carry Texas activists are going around with long guns.

5. Anti-gun activists are using the media to target Open Carry Texas because they are worried. – The liberals are very nervous, because Open Carry Texas is getting very close to getting what they want – a sensible open carry handgun law.

“Over the past year, our members have done what no other gun rights organization has been able to do – put open carry at the forefront of the fight to restore gun rights for all Texans.”

That’s a tiny portion of a press release by Open Carry Texas and a few other organizations working for a new handgun law in Texas. They are in the spotlight because they are succeeding, and that’s making liberals extremely nervous. They are so nervous that they are pulling out all the stops, and using the liberal media to depict these groups as a bunch of crazies that will only cause more gun violence. That simply isn’t true.

Just like everything else, that means that conservatives have to set the record straight.


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11 Responses to 5 Things You Need to Know About Target and Open Carry Texas

  1. Richard Carew July 2, 2014 at 1:54 pm #

    A personal Thank You, for an accurate and unbiased write up. Accurate stories are becoming a rarity these days.

  2. jameshill July 2, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

    because it is legal

  3. bigllou July 2, 2014 at 4:51 pm #

    Glad you’re getting the facts out there. Thank You

  4. BigMike July 2, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

    This has always bugged me. So many so called pro-gun people bash on these open carriers and at least half the time they do not know the facts. Its probably closer to 90% of the time but people refuse to admit they were wrong or didn’t know. The fact is, open carry of handguns are illegal in Texas and that is where you see most of this stuff happening. The open carry movement is to get changes to their law to include handguns. I think we can all agree that open carrying a handgun is much easier on the average person’s eyes and much more efficient. They aren’t running around down there just to scare people or just because they can. It’s to bring awareness that there laws are draconic where most of the rest of us enjoy open carry without any increases in gun violence or accidents. Once they get their changes, which I’ve heard might even be voted on this year, we won’t see much of this anymore.

    Even without this, do people really think MDA would just be quiet? No. It doesn’t matter to them if its long guns, pistols, BB guns, Bow and arrows, or knives… Those hags don’t want you armed anywhere around them whether its openly or concealed and they won’t be stopping.

  5. getoffmylawn July 2, 2014 at 7:11 pm #

    “this organization is not lead by gun zealots that want to make people feel nervous about weapons being in stores.” LOLOLOL!!! OCT is run by nothing BUT gun nuts who are demanding the right to carry any weapon anywhere, anytime, with no training, licensing, background checks, nothing. OCT supports availability of weapons to all ages, including criminals, terrorists, rapists, drug dealers, and mass shooters. The entire effort is nothing short of crazy, and goes against over 200 years of American culture, custom, and law.

  6. Alielbaryeshua July 2, 2014 at 11:28 pm #

    What’s up with that photo?

    It obviously depicts NBPP members or African military soldiers.

  7. Richard Carew July 3, 2014 at 2:39 am #

    “and goes against over 200 years of American culture, custom, and law”

    Did you get your history from the back of a cereal box or something?
    Goes against our culture? Wrong! Firearms are a HUGE part of American culture, and they are the ONLY reason this country has not been invaded by an enemy military force.
    Against 200 years of custom? Wrong again! It has been the custom of Americans to have a gun in the house, and all family members knowing how to safely operate them, since BEFORE we even became a country.
    Against the Law? Man, you are way out there on this one. Didn’t you learn about the Bill of Rights in school? Obviously not. Let me fill you in. They are “Rights”, not privileges. And laws were created early on in this country to stop those “rights” from being taken away, in order to curb tyranny from happening here, just like it has happened in every government, on every continent throughout history.

  8. Marty July 3, 2014 at 7:52 am #

    This whole post is full of half truths and outright lies. OCT does not support availability of weapons to everyone and you know it. Show us one written statement by OCT that states any of that crap. It’s the same old tactic: say it enough times and it becomes true. No matter how many times it’s said, it’s still a BOLDFACE LIE.

    • BuzzPo July 3, 2014 at 9:21 am #

      Write up a post in response, we will publish it in full.

  9. Chris July 3, 2014 at 9:07 am #

    Perhaps you should get a clue about the organization before spouting your drivel.

  10. David July 3, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

    getofmylawn that lie is so totally ridiculous you should be ashamed to even post something that utterly stupid. If you honestly believe that you need professional mental help, really get HELP!!!! NOW!!!!! Please for your own good!

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