Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, the demigod that blessed our great State with licensed and taxed Open Carry last session, is seeking to continue registering gun owners under the guise of a no-cost LTC bill. SB16 and its House counterpart, HB339, as filed, would completely eliminate the $140 fee to obtain a Texas LTC as well as the $100 fee to obtain an LTC Instructor Certification. Sounds great on paper, right?
Unfortunately, this is all a ruse to get us peasants to fall in line for our bread crumbs and be thankful for the morsels that Lt. Dan and his ilk are gracious enough to feed us. Here is the bottom line: Texas has a Republican supermajority in both the House and the Senate, and Lt. Dan is the holder of arguably the most powerful Office in the State of Texas. There are absolutely zero excuses as to why Republicans can't get Constitutional Carry passed since Democrats hardly exist in the Legislature.
Why, then, will the most powerful man in Texas not prioritize passing the Constitutional Carry bill that the Texas Republican Party Platform dictates as Legislative Priority #1? The answer is simple: Dan Patrick is not the 2nd Amendment champion that he claims to be. He is a power-hungry RINO who only cares about doing just enough to keep us peasants happy so we will send him back to Austin in 2019.
Rep. Jonathan Stickland and Sen. Don Huffines each filed a Constitutional Carry bill in 2015 where they both died in committee. Rep. Stickland filed another bill this session (HB375) as well. Unfortunately, instead of adhering to the Texas GOP Platform and prioritizing it, Lt. Dan's focus is on the licensing fees. By claiming "free LTC's for everyone," Lt. Dan is doing nothing but pushing to register more gun owners. The State of Texas must still know that you, John Smith at 123 Houston St. in Austin, TX, have at least one firearm and carry it. That is the very definition of registration.
The 2nd Amendment gives us the right to keep and bear arms. The State of Texas is currently stealing our right to bear arms away and selling them back to us. What Lt. Dan is pretending he wants to do is change "selling" to "giving," but he knows that won't really happen. The House Appropriations Committee will not allow the State of Texas to eat the costs of the LTC program. In the end, all that will happen is the $140 fee will be reduced to some other number. Nothing will have been accomplished, but Lt. Dan will fly his faux-2nd Amendment flag high and cry "I tried" from the rooftops. Even if it does pass at $0 to obtain an LTC, we will still need the State of Texas to give us permission to exercise our rights. Permission means it is not a right, but a privilege.
Dan Patrick doesn't really care about our 2nd Amendment rights. Period. If he did, he would prioritize both bills and fight like hell to pass Constitutional Carry and reduce the fees for anyone who wants an LTC for reciprocity reasons. He would direct the committee chairmen to get all gun bills to the floor so every member can be on record one way or the other. The truth is that Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick wants to further his political career and he won't do that by fully appeasing us.
So what can we do? All of us need to call, write, email, and visit Lt. Dan's office until he has to disconnect his phone, shutdown his email, and refuses to see anyone. When that happens, keep doing it. Tell your friends to do the same. If you haven't signed our Constitutional Carry Petition, please do so and share it on social media. We cannot get Constitutional Carry passed without each and everyone of you helping, whether that be time, donating a few bucks, or just pressuring your Representatives and Senators. We need you in order to make this happen. If enough pressure gets applied to Lt. Dan and the members of the Legislature, then they will be forced to accommodate us. Let them know that WE THE PEOPLE are in charge! Not them!
You can Contact the Lieutenant Governors Office in the following ways:
- The Texas Lieutenant Governor Comment Line: (512) 463-5342
- The Texas Lieutenant Governor Office Line: (512) 463-0001
P.O. Box 12068, Austin, TX. 78711