April 7, 2014 10:09 am -

Hilary Rand of “Moms Demand Action,” a gun control group, is testifying today before the Texas legislature about open carry laws and how loopholes can be closed.

“The open carry of loaded firearms in public should not be considered by Texas legislators until they address the lack of federal or state requirements for background checks on private gun sales in Texas,” said Hillary Rand. “Current state law makes it easy for felons and other dangerous criminals, including domestic abusers, to get guns. Elected officials should focus on closing this dangerous background check loophole to protect Texas families before considering the larger and more complicated issue of open carry.”

In November:

More than 40 armed men showed up outside a Dallas restaurant to confront 4 mothers meeting inside to discuss gun control. Maybe these open carry advocates thought they needed their guns to show the women inside what men they are.

Police monitored the incident at the Blue Mesa Grill in Arlington, Texas, but took no action because it is legal to carry long guns openly in Texas.

“We are aware that a group did gather in a shopping area in Arlington Saturday,” Tiara Ellis Richard of the Arlington Police office of communication said in an e-mail to USA TODAY. “Officers were notified and arrived at the location. There were no issues that we are aware of, and no arrests occurred.”…

Shannon Watts, founder of the national gun control organization, said the mothers were holding a private meeting — not a rally — at the restaurant. She founded her group in the wake of the killings in Newtown, Conn.

Watts, whose organization is based in Indianapolis, said she was not at the restaurant at the time but was speaking on behalf of the four mothers, including a school teacher, who wanted to remain anonymous.


D.B. Hirsch
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