This has been a debate for as long as I can remember and continues to be an issue that will stay in the public spotlight. Guns have long been thought of as the Danger and Protector in society. I personally think that I would rather have a gun and not need it than need it and not have it. As long as gun owners are safe and educated about owning firearms, I believe it is a safe way to protect a persons self, family and property.

Texas law changed in 2005 allowing gun owners to carry handguns in vehicles, much like long guns have been allowed for years.  Then in 2007, the Texas State Legislature clarified the law because prosecutors were still moving forward with unlawfully carrying a weapon (UCW) cases due to the law’s ambiguity.  With both laws, Texas is not among states that are tinkering with the idea of doing away with the right to carry handguns.

The U.S. Constitution is the first source for the law on weapons.  The Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” See http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/data/constitution/amendment02/.

By Robin Scott, Attorney at Law
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Peoples views on this matter differ greatly depending on upbringing, location and over all experience with the subject. I understand the fears that people have about firearms, but education and responsible owners can make owning a gun a very safe and profound way to protect the things people value in life.