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Texas' Wendy Davis 'Regrets' Campaign Support for Open Carry Law

By    |   Thursday, 01 Jan 2015 07:02 AM

Democrat Wendy Davis, who lost her bid to become governor of Texas to Greg Abbott by 59 to 38 percent, has told an interviewer that she now regrets supporting the right of Texans to carry handguns in plain sight, The Daily Caller reported.

Asked by the San Antonio Express-News whether she had any regrets, Davis said, "There is one thing that I would do differently in that campaign and it relates to the position that I took on open carry.

"I made a quick decision on that with a very short conversation with my team and it wasn't really in keeping with what I think is the correct position on that issue."

She went on to add, "Though I certainly support people's right to own and to bear arms in appropriate situations, I fear with open carry, having watched that issue unfold during the campaign, that it will be used to intimidate and cause fear."

Conservative critics say she took the position to win votes.

Davis, a former state senator, put it this way: "What I do know is that as an elected public servant, I've always been true to my core beliefs. Always. And I'm so proud of that," she said.

"And this was the only time I felt like I'd strayed a bit from that."

Republican Gov.-elect Abbott, who takes office on Jan. 20, has said he intends to support legislation that would make it legal for Texans to openly carry a firearm in public.

Laws regarding "open carry" vary by state and sometimes by municipality. Texas is one of a handful of states that currently prohibit openly carrying a handgun in public.

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Democrat Wendy Davis, who readily lost her bid to become governor of Texas to Greg Abbott, told an interviewer that she now regrets supporting the right of Texans to carry handguns in plain sight, The Daily Caller reported.
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