In the Great State of Texas it has always been lawful to openly carry long guns in public for any reason whatsoever. Can I carry a rifle for self protection? Yes. Can I carry a rifle for hunting? Yes. Can I carry a rifle just to assert my Second Amendment right? Absolutely.
Tell your Congressional delegation, particularly your U.S. Representative to cut taxes and cut spending. Cutting taxes leaves capital in the hands of the people where jobs can be created. Cutting spending allows a shift of federal funds from growing government to shrinking national debt.