West Texans Speak Out on State Gun Bill

by Nick Lawton
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - On Tuesday, the state Senate voted to allow you to keep guns and ammo in your car while you're at work, and as you can imagine, that bill is drawing some major fire.

NewsWest 9 hit the streets to find out how West Texans feel about the bill allowing people to carry guns and ammo in their cars outside work.

Many NewsWest 9 spoke to said they liked it, that they believed it would bring them more safety in their lives.

"I don't think it'd bother anything," Odessa resident, Joe Torres, said. "Especially 'round here in Texas. Everybody usually does have one in there anyway."

"The way the world is today, if someone tried to break into your car or something when you're with your family, how are you gonna protect your family?" Odessa resident, Quincy Sutphen, said.

"I think it's good. A lot of people need to defend themselves this time of day," Odessa resident, Julie Torres, said. "There's a lot of robbing and thieves and carjackers."

But then again, others don't like the idea of walking through parking lots or down sidewalks wondering at all times if there's a gun in the car or not, fearing for their safety.

"You could be walking down the street and you could get shot just like that so I'm against it," Odessa resident, Amanda Fuentes, said.

"I would just feel like on my toes as I was walking everywhere," Odessa resident, Alexis Trevino, said. "I'd feel not safe at all."

The bill hasn't become law yet, but if it does, some West Texans who are in favor still stress the need for the right mind behind the trigger.

"You gotta have training, I think," Joe Torres said. "Control your angers and stuff. Because, you know, spur of the moment can cause a lot of troubles."

The bill still has to clear the House before it gets anywhere near becoming a bill. Even if it becomes a law, the guns will still have to stay in the car and businesses could still ban them from company cars.