The near-certain signing into law of an open-carry gun measure will send Texas back to the days of the Wild West – at least legislatively.
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The bill, passed by the state Legislature and expected to earn Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature within the next week, would reverse a 140-year-old ban on carrying handguns in plain sight. Despite its reputation as a pro-gun state, Texas is one of just five with an outright ban on open carry.