Little bit of a rant here so cut me some slack.
I am so sick and tired of hearing about how good the gun laws are in Texas. We have got some screwed up gun laws in this state, and some of the the better ones we do have are not enforced.
Now I know if you're from Maryland or PRM or PRK or somewhere like that, you're not exactly sympathetic, but one reason I pay my Texas State Rifle Association dues is because I know Texas is one of the Big 3 along with Kali and New York, and if we can show that the big old state of Texas gets along better than those other two with more guns out there, it could help some of you peasants out (don't take that personally, but if your right to bear arms is that heavily restricted you are in fact a peasant).
But Texas is years behind Florida, Vermont, Alaska, and Arizona, and I dare say even Wyoming and Montana. Our CCW permit system is expensive, highly restricted, and has many arbitrary stipulations like you can't carry within 1000 feet of the sight of a scheduled execution. It is shall issue, but it has so many provisos it's designed to deter people from applying. Just getting the paperwork filled out takes a couple hours. You can get a driver's license in about 15 minutes, and it'll be mailed to you within a month.
Did you know we have exactly 2 people that do the CCW permit approvals?
There's a lot of other things in Texas that ain't right. We don't obey our own laws when it's in the favor of the armed citizen. For example, we cited on this very forum not long ago that anyone practicing car carry without a permit in Houston will be charged, even though that is now clearly legal. It was actually never illegal, but the law was poorly worded. The state law clearly says no entity can restrict the presence of CCW guns in parking lots, sidewalks, etc, yet people can be fired for having a gun locked in a safe in their employer's parking lot. We tried to fix this, but it got shot down.
A lot of local jurisdictions do things that are outrageous. Try operating a shooting range in Travis County. I know some people that can tell you all about that. I understand it was been stopped, but until just months ago there was a local PD here that was confiscating the gun of anyone honest enough to comply with the state law and tell the officer they had a CCW permit.
The one that gets me the worst is that as a permit holder, I have to immediately inform the officer of my armed status if I am pulled over in my car. However, a non permit with a gun in the car is under no such restriction.
Open carry is strictly illegal. You can't manufacture your own guns either.
Our reciprocity list is way too small, despite having a very restritive permit system. The Florida permit costs the same and is better and easier to apply for.
I'll quit now, but the reason I do this is because I am just sick and tired of hearing from everyone, native fellow Texans included, that our gun laws are so good. They're not.
That creates a real problem. People ASSUME it's legal to do this that and the other. They think we CCW Vermont/Alaska style. They think we can open carry any guns we want to just because we're Texans.
It makes the fight that much harder. Because of the perceptions at work, not enough get motivated to fight for change and reform. People in the slave states applaud our laws because in comparison I admit they're much better, but our laws should not be applauded they should be criticized and shown for the inconsistent illogical and oppressive mess they are.
PA, FL, VT, AK, AZ all in particular have provisions and laws and reforms passed that Texas needs badly. We don't even have a stand your ground law. Much of our legal rulings for self defense comes from court cases, not written legislation. That's an arbitrary passing of legislation from the bench in all honesty.
My whole point is, keep in mind just because someone is better off than you are at the moment, that doesn't mean they're still not in a lurch, or that their system is the way to go. Being complacent, being ignorant, or praising a system that's still anti-2A may win the battle but it is not going to win the war.