Libertarians support peoples’ right to keep and bear arms. Gun control advocates want to prohibit gun ownership to as many people as possible, on the grounds that they might commit a violent crime sometime in the future. We totally disagree with that way of thinking.
Guns, knives, baseball bats, fists, medications, and many other things are dangerous. People can use them to hurt other people. They can also be used in positive and useful ways. It is wrong to prohibit people from owning things because it’s possible to misuse them.
In Texas, people have the right to own rifles and handguns, but Texas law requires a license to carry a handgun in public, whether openly or concealed. The Texas permit requires taking an expensive, time-consuming course, which is an infringement on your Second Amendment rights. Fifteen states allow concealed carry of handguns without a permit.
In Texas, state and federal laws prevent certain groups from exercising their right. People convicted of felonies in Texas (including nonviolent felonies) lose their right to keep and bear firearms outside of their homes for the rest of their lives. People convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors lose their ability to defend themselves for five years after they have finished serving out their punishment.
We believe that, after those convicted have served their terms of punishment, their ability to own and carry firearms should be restored.
• Support the right to own firearms.
• Eliminate license to carry requirement.
• Restore gun rights for ex-felons.