Open Carry Texas: What do Texomans Think?

The Texas Senate has approved the open carry of licensed handguns in the state, now the bill is on the way to the Texas House.

Newschannel 6 reached out to Texomans, both for and against open carry to hear what they thought of the bill.

"I believe in protecting your family, but carrying it out in public is also an invitation for more violence," said Shirley Watson.

"I'm for open carry because I feel like it can protect more people than it can harm," said Victor Arredondo.

"I think every American has the right to bear arms.  It is the person who is behind the weapon.  There's all kinds of uses.  If you use it in the right way, it's more than sufficient," said Johnny Weeks.

There are other Texomans we spoke to who are like Watson, who worry about the violence that open carry could bring.

"It [open carry] does create violence," said Roy Pierce.

"I would do anything at all costs to protect my grandkids, but at the same time I don't want somebody carrying a handgun and then a fight gets started.  What if one of those kids got shot," said Watson.

Texas currently allows for concealed carry, but it is one of the six states that ban open carry.

In February, Governor Greg Abbott said that he would sign an open carry bill into law if it came across his desk.

On Wednesday, the Senate is expected to vote on Bill #11 that will allow concealed handguns in college classrooms and buildings.

Taylor Barnes, Newschannel 6