TX Governor-Elect Abbott: I’ll Sign Open Carry Handgun Bill As Soon As It Reaches My Desk 31117 296 776 by AWR Hawkins 5 Nov 2014 491 post a comment Texas Governor-elect Greg Abbott (R) says he will sign a bill to legalize the open carry of handguns as soon as the legislation reaches his desk. Abbott spoke to reporters in Austin the morning after he won the Lone Star State’s gubernatorial election. According to WFAA 8 ABC, Abbot said: “If an open carry bill is passed by the House and Senate, I will sign it into law.” Abbott added, “If open carry is good enough for Massachusetts, it’s good enough for Texas.” It is interesting to note that open carry of rifles is already legal in Texas. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America has hung its hat on protesting the open carry of rifles in that state. Abbott is determined to be sure Texans will have the choice to carry a handgun openly with their rifle, if they so choose. Follow AWR Hawkins on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.