January 9, 2016 2:59 pm -


The Texas open carry law has activists worried.

Mental health advocates have condemned Texas’ new firearms law for allowing the open carry of guns in state psychiatric hospitals, arguing it could negatively impact patients’ treatments and could lead to an uptick in suicide rates.

The state hospital in Austin took down its signs banning guns this week, the Austin American-Statesman reported, though officials have requested that if visitors enter with their weapons, they at least keep them hidden.

“With the new law in effect, we are putting up signs asking licensed gun holders to conceal their firearms or leave them safely in their vehicles before going into our state mental health hospitals,” said Carrie Williams, a spokeswoman for the state health department. “While licensed visitors are legally permitted to carry on our hospital campuses, our patients are being actively treated for psychiatric conditions and generally it’s best not to expose them to weapons of any kind.”



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.