Constitutional Carry In Texas Is Dead, At Least For 2019

The incident serves as a prime example as to why gun rights supporters need to work together

Published Saturday, April 6, 2019 12:00 pm
Gun Rights Watch article by GRW Chief Editor

Seal of the Speaker of the House of Texas

Dennis Bonnen, the Republican Speaker of the House for Texas on Friday made a public declaration dropping the state's Constitutional Carry bill after a Chris McNutt, the executive director of Texas Gun Rights, showed up in his neighborhood personally to urge him to expedite the bill.

See our current Constitutional Carry Map.

McNutt apparently drove to Bonnen's hometown 50 miles south of Houston last Wednesday to ask publicly why the bill hadn't gone anywhere yet. Prior to the drive, McNutt had ranted on social media about the lack of movement on the Constitutional Carry measure.

That McNutt showed up in his hometown unannounced appears to have incensed Bonnen, calling it a demonstration of insanity and dubbed him an "overzealous advocate for criminals to get a gun."

Editor's note: comments such as the one above demonstrate to us a clear aversion to the bill in the first place, and we surmise that Speaker Bonnen probably never had any real intention of moving the bill forward at all. In all likelihood, Constitutional Carry was DOA from the word go in the Lone Star State; this announcement does nothing more than to make it common public knowledge.

Further comments from Bonnen to illustrate our point include this gem:

"If you want to talk about issues and you want to advocate, you do it in this building. You don’t do it at our residences. Threats and intimidation will never advance your issue. Their issue is dead."

McNutt's response, in turn, was to point out the hypocrisy of Bonnen's logic.

"If politicians like Speaker Dennis Bonnen think they can show up at the doorsteps of Second Amendment supporters and make promises to earn votes in the election season, they shouldn't be surprised when we show up in their neighborhoods to insist they simply keep their promises in the legislative session."