[Ed. – So basically, she’s Chicago on gun rights, not Texas. Check. Moving on.]
The Houston Chronicle reports that Davis felt compelled to clarify her position on open carry of weapons in Texas after her own party rebuked her for suddenly supporting the right of Texas gun owners to carry their arms with them publicly. Davis’s newfound support for open carry, despite her attempts as a legislator to install background checks at gun shows and her “F” rating from the NRA, surfaced just as the heat on her campaign for her biographical lies grew most potent.
In some ways, the plan worked–Davis and Republican opponent Greg Abbott are now both discussing the Second Amendment, but her pivot on the issue startled Democrats who had not seen any indication that her views on guns were such. By last week, they had seen Davis wielding former Governor Ann Richards’ weapon at an event closed to the press, appearing uncomfortable enough to reaffirm how new Davis is to supporting gun rights.
To keep the Democrats at bay, Davis tried to explain her positions this week. “Obviously in Texas we have a culture that respects the Second Amendment right and privilege of owning and carrying guns,” she told reporters at a press conference, “but we also, of course, have respect and understand [sic] a the rights and privileges of property owners to make decisions about what’s right for them.” To Davis, the choice of having guns in the open belongs to “municipalities, school districts, hospitals, private property owners,” making gun rights a local issue. “Local control means local control,” she asserted.