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Sen. Wendy Davis Has New Stance On "Open Carry"

Wichita Falls, TX - In her first interview since losing her bid for Texas Governor, Sen. Wendy Davis told a South Texas newspaper she regrets her stance on "open carry."

Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis talked with the San Antonio Express - News about what she would have done differently in her race for governor.

This news from Sen. Davis comes a couple weeks before the Texas lawmakers head back to Austin. 

A big issue expected to be up for discussion, open carry.

During the Democratic Senator's run for governor, she said she was for the idea of open carry. 

It would allow anyone in the state with a concealed handgun license to wear a pistol on their hip while in public.

Her decision  was at odds with the Democratic party and certainly alarmed some of her supporters. However, the senator stuck with her stance throughout the race, but now says she has a change of heart.

In a interview with the San Antonio Express - News, Sen. Davis told them, "There is one thing that i would do differently in that campaign, and it relates to the position that I took on open carry."

She also went on to say, "I made a quick decision on that with a very short conversation with my team and it wasn't really in keeping with what I think is the correct position on that issue." 

During the campaign, the senator also said she believed local government, school districts, hospitals and private-property owners should be responsible for making their own decisions on carrying guns.

Sen. Davis also supported legislation last year to allow college students with concealed handgun licenses to keep weapons in their cars. Meanwhile, her opponent, Governor-Elect Greg Abbott has stuck with his stance and made it publicly known that if an open carry bill was to land on his desk, he would sign the bill into law.

The 87th legislative sesson begins Jan. 13 and Governor-Elect Abbott is to be sworn into office on Jan. 20.

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6 
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