Published on February 23, 2015

Everything is bigger and better in Texas. Way to go Governor Abbott.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) said during the State of the State Address earlier this week he would sign a bill legalizing open carry for Lone Star state residents, making it the 45th state to normalize the practice.

The recently inaugurated governor said he would sign a bill pending in the Texas State Senate. “Let me briefly follow up on a word I mentioned a moment ago — liberty,” Abbott said Tuesday.

“In a single word, it encapsulates what this country stands for, what Texas symbolizes. I will expand liberty in Texas by signing a law that makes Texas the 45th state to allow open carry.”

Last week, a state Senate committee voted along party lines to bring the bill, as well as a bill that would legalize the concealed carry of weapons on Texas college campuses, to the full Senate floor, The Dallas Morning News reported.

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