1. Tennessee Senate just voted for open carry without a permit.
The state senate voted for a bill allowing Tennesseeans to openly carry any type of gun without a permit. The bill also eliminates other restrictions, for instance, allowing guns to be removed from cars on school property.
A corresponding bill is waiting for a vote in the Tennessee House.
2. Kansas voted to nullify all gun laws.
KS lawmakers have voted to nullify all of the state's city and county gun restrictions, meaning that it will be legal to openly carry guns anywhere. Gun buyback programs using tax dollars are also banned.
The NRA has hailed the law as a paradigm for every state in the nation.
The bill will become law if Republican Governor Sam Brownback signs it. If he does, Kansas will have no gun laws at all, since in 2013 the state voted to nullify all federal gun laws.
3. Texas is debating open carry for handguns.
Texas lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow people to carry handguns openly in public. In Texas you're already allowed to openly carry long guns without a permit, but handguns can only be carried concealed, and require a permit.
The group Open Carry Texas believes the law has the momentum to get passed this year. They've been staging weekly protests, openly carrying long guns with them so as to acclimatize people to seeing firearms in public:
Meanwhile Moms Demand Action are speaking out against open carry for handguns, and calling for stronger gun laws to require permits for long guns too.
America's open carry map is changing.
The map below shows that open carry without a permit is not legal in Texas, Kansas, or Tennessee. States colored yellow are "gold star open carry" states, meaning that the state allows open carry with no restrictions, except in certain local areas.