It’s among the most controversial bills prefiled in the upcoming state legislative session, the possibility of allowing open carry of sidearms.

Governor-elect Greg Abbott has already gone on record that he would sign such a bill if and when it makes it through the state house and senate.

Representative James White of Woodville has prefiled State House bill 164 which would allow those who are already licensed to carry a handgun to do so openly. Representative Jonathan Stickland of Bedford has introduced State House bill 195 removing the need for a concealed handgun license in order to carry openly.

These bills trouble Texas Tech Law Professor Arnold Loewy.

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