The gun rights drama in the Lone Star State has not ended yet.
BLP reported on House Speaker Dennis Bonnen killing Constitutional Carry legislation nearly two weeks ago on the grounds that a gun rights activist, Chris McNutt of Texas Gun Rights, allegedly went to go to his district to intimidate him into voting for Constitutional Carry.
However, BLP uncovered how many grassroots conservative activists had a hard time believing Bonnen’s story after an outburst Bonnen at a Texas GOP dinner.
Now, new evidence has surfaced going against Bonnen’s narrative.
While McNutt was doing his peaceful block walking campaign in Bonnen’s district, as he did in the neighborhoods of Representatives Four Price and Dustin Burrows, DPS was called in for security reasons.
One of the DPS officers confirmed McNutt’s side of the story, which Lone Star Gun Rights posted about on Twitter.
While our FOIA request was stonewalled (submitted through the Angleton office), @cjgrisham’s was not. The first piece of DPS evidence to prove @RepDennisBonnen is a liar comes out. More to come! #BackstabbingBonnen #BonnenLied #MakeTexasProGunAgain pic.twitter.com/h0ZsSSMQxd
— Lone Star Gun Rights (@LoneStarGRights) April 18, 2019
CJ Grisham, the founder of Open Carry Texas, was able to successfully make a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that revealed the DPS officer’s side of the story.
The DPS officer in this case claimed to be stationed in front of Bonnen’s house of residence.
He “observed a Black Chevrolet Impala (rental) bearing TX LP#KFN3744 drive past Bonnen’s residence, and park at the cul-de-sac”.
The driver was Chris McNutt, and he approached CPL Gonzales and the DPS officer in question wanting to drop off a flyer at the Bonnen residence.
McNutt identified himself as the Executive Director of TXGR and handed the DPS officer a campaign flyer to drop off at Bonnen’s house. The officer obliged McNutt and also accepted a TXGR business card from McNutt.
Additionally, the officer confirmed that “McNutt did not make any threatening statements towards Representative Bonnen’s people or myself. I did not observe McNutt wearing any type of firearm at that time.”
Shortly after this peaceful exchange, McNutt drove off.
This ran counter to Bonnen’s account, who claimed that McNutt was armed and threatening representatives to pass Constitutional Carry.
The media ran with this narrative and as a result, was able to get Representative Jonathan Stickland to withdraw his Constitutional Carry bill.
This confirms the suspicion that Lone Star Gun Rights activist Derek Wills had about Bonnen’s ulterior motive of “using the act of placing flyers on people’s doors as an excuse to kill it [Constitutional Carry].”
Earlier this week, Stickland made a final attempt to add a Constitutional Carry amendment to another gun-related bill, but it was also shot down by Bonnen instead.
Texas now finds itself in an interesting crossroads.
America is polarized on the gun issue. While blue states have passed significant gun control since the 2018 Parkland shooting, certain states like Oklahoma and Kentucky have embraced Constitutional Carry. However, Texas continues to lag behind on the issue.
The 2019 session of the Texas State Legislature appears to be another disappointing year for gun rights activist in the state.
White Pill: Montana House Moves Constitutional Carry Bill Forward
Constitutional Carry is one ray of hope for the Right.
On January 20, 2021, the Montana House of Representatives passed Constitutional Carry legislation, HB102.
Weingarten provided some context to the significance of this bill’s progress:
The bill is the accumulation of a decade and a half of struggle against Democrat Governors, who have repeatedly vetoed reform legislation passed with large majorities in the legislature. Numerous sections in the bill show the Montana legislature has learned the lesson from other states as they restore the right to keep and bear arms.
Montana’s Senate is made up of 31 Republicans and 19 Democrats and Governor Greg Gianforte is a Republican, so the passage of this bill augurs well. If passed, HB102 would make Montana the 17th Constitutional Carry state.
Montana is already a very gun-friendly state, and represents a low-hanging fruit for Second Amendment activists to tap into.
Constitutional Carry has been one of the most successful movements on the Right over the past twenty years. It’s easy to complain about the corrupt status quo, but there are still plenty of ways right-wingers can score victories. Constitutional Carry is one of them.
It would behoove the Right to analyze existing trends and build off movements that are already producing results. There’s no need to embark on quixotic campaigns that end up being total fools’ errands. Find what’s already working and run with it.
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