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On January 1st of this year, open carry became legal in Texas for those who have a concealed handgun license. The usual suspects made the usual predictions of blood running in the streets. What resulted was a big ol’, Texas-sized yawn.

So now, what continues to mystify me is how anyone anywhere would consider these anti-gun airheads to be experts about anything, let alone firearms. Their ignorance is simply astounding, whether they’re talking about “gun free” zonesconcealed carry, or “assault weapons“. They couldn’t be more consistently wrong if they were trying.

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At the risk of sounding all blackhelicoptery, there seems to be a rebellion brewing out there. And it’s not among the “usual suspects”; it’s within the law enforcement community.

Talk of rebellion usually comes from that crowd we’re all familiar with. You know ’em. They show up on occasion to our Members’ Council meetings. You see them out on the edges of the crowd at gun shows; unusual political views combined with some truly unique fashion choices. (Personally, I never would have imagined that a grown man would combine a field jacket, an Aussie snap brim hat, English riding boots, and black tights.) And their hair is perfect.

But real rebellion is coming from an entirely different quarter. Sheriffs across the US are pledging to resist any anti-gun directives they receive from the Obama regime. In these pages, we’ve reported on sheriffs in UtahTexas, and Missouri announcing that they will not obey unconstitutional orders from “on high”. Now sheriffs in Florida and Colorado are announcing that they will not obey illegal mandates from Washington DC. Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., whom we have reported on earlier, is also on a list of 219 sheriffs and organizations  opposing the regime.

Now keep in mind that there is no shortage of wannabe JBTs out there;  tuchusleckers who support this President and his radical agenda. They hate the idea of an armed population. They want a nation where they hold a monopoly on deadly force. But these sheriffs are something entirely different. These are elected officials. They will answer to their constituents. And let’s be clear, many of their constituents don’t agree with them on this issue. Those who prefer safety to freedom will not like hearing that their sheriff will not support this president’s ambitions. It takes courage for these sheriffs to stick there necks out like this on principle.

These men and women are putting the jobs on the line for the rest of us. I hope that all of you will remember them when they need your support.

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Sheriffs from Texas and Missouri are joining their brothers and sisters from Utah in announcing that they will refuse to enforce any unconstitutional orders from Washington DC. Orders from On High usually fare better when they have local support. This is especially true for aspiring tyrants wishing to disarm said locals.

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From NRA-ILA:

Texas: Consideration of NRA-Backed Employee/Parking Lot Protection Bill Delayed Until Tomorrow!

Monday, May 02, 2011
House Bill 681, sponsored by state Representative Tim Kleinschmidt (R-Lexington), had been set on Monday’s House Calendar for consideration.  But as is sometimes the case, especially during the last few weeks of session, the House did not complete work on all the bills slated for action today.  So all measures on today’s calendar that were not taken up, including HB 681, will carry over to tomorrow.  HB 681 would prevent employers from enacting and enforcing policies to prohibit employees from storing firearms in their locked private motor vehicles while parked at work.  Texas gun owners should not have to worry about being fired for lawfully storing a firearm in their personal vehicle, should they choose to carry a handgun for self-defense during their daily commutes or transport firearms to and from their hunting leases or local shooting ranges.

The sponsor still plans to substitute Senate Bill 321, the companion measure sponsored by state Senator Glenn Hegar (R-Katy), for HB 681 since it is has already passed in the Senate and has moved over to the House.  Make sure to call and send another e-mail message to your state Representative tomorrow and let him or her know how important it is to you and fellow NRA members that this bill pass this session. Contact information for your state Representative can be found at www.house.state.tx.us/members/.

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