Wilkison discusses real-world impact of open-carry for police officers

Capitol Tonight host Paul Brown with Charley Wilkion

Capitol Tonight host Paul Brown with Charley Wilkison

CLEAT Executive Director Charley Wilkison was invited on TWC Austin News' Capitol Tonight show Nov. 3 to discuss how Texas' new open-carry law might affect rank-and-file police officers.

During this year's legislative session, Wilkison and the CLEAT Public Affairs team lobbied mightily to make sure the new law, which takes effect Jan. 1, protects the safety of law enforcement officers even as it safegaurds the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Texans. They were able to beat back an effort that would have prevented officers from asking someone openly carrying a gun if they had proper licenses.

But, Wilkison pointed out on the program, lawmakers did not follow CLEAT's recommendation to provide for adequate training of both police and citizens who plan to carry openly.

Click here to see the discussion that also included a segment on the governor's recent remarks about so-called sanctuary cities and discussions on other CLEAT initiatives. The video is just under nine minutes long.

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