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After Making a Big Campaign Promise to Gun Owners, Texas’ New Governor-Elect Just Made It Clear He Intends to Keep It


"...it's good enough for Texas."

In this July 25, 2011 file photo, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott talks with the media as he leaves the Tom Green County Courthouse, in San Angelo, Texas. The slogan goes, Don t Mess With Texas. But these days, a more appropriate cry might be: Try it, Washington, and we ll sue. Abbott has filed 27 lawsuits against the federal government _ litigation that has cost his state nearly $2.8 million. That includes more than $1.5 million in salaries for state employees working on the cases, nearly $250,000 in court costs and the travel expenses of attorney general s office personnel, and roughly $1 million for outside counsel and expert witnesses, according to records obtained by The Associated Press using the Freedom of Information Act. (Credit: AP)

Texas appears to be in line to become the newest open carry state. On Wednesday, the Lone Star State’s new governor-elect Greg Abbott reiterated his campaign promise to support the open carry of firearms in his state.

"If an Open Carry bill is passed by the House and Senate, I will sign it into law," Abbott said the day after being elected. "If Open Carry is good enough for Massachusetts, it's good enough for Texas."

Abott said three of his biggest priorities during his time as Texas governor will be additional job growth, border security and improving Texas schools.

Abbott also said Texas needs to be “vigilant going forward” in dealing with Ebola. He will reportedly meet with department heads to ensure effective protocols are in place to protect the state.

(H/T: WFAA-TV's Jason Whitley)

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