Gun Control Group Calls Wendy Davis’ Open Carry Support ‘Dangerous’

AP

The gun control group Moms Demand Action on Thursday issued a statement calling Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis’ (D) support of a “open carry” law “disappointing and dangerous.”

Davis, who is running for governor in Texas, has come out in favor of a proposed law that would allow licensed Texans to wear handguns on their hips in public. (The state already allows open-carry of rifles and shotguns.)

“Davis’s position is disappointing and dangerous given that there is no federal or state requirement for background checks on private gun sales in Texas, making it easy for felons and other dangerous criminals, including domestic abusers, to get guns,” Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts said in a statement.

The group pointed out that Davis has said she supports having background checks at gun shows.

“As a mother, as an elected official, and as a champion of survivors of domestic abuse victims, we expect State Senator Davis to do the same and close the background check loophole to protect Texas families,” the statement said.

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