As Biden urges gun safety, Texas Republicans may approve permitless carry

As Biden urges gun safety, Texas Republicans may approve permitless carry

Another week, another mass shooting in America. On Thursday, the news came from Bryan, Texas; a gunman killed one person and wounded five others at a cabinet manufacturing plant, then wounded a state trooper while fleeing the scene. It would be naive to expect such a tragedy to lead to some kind of sea change. But it should give Texas voters a moment’s pause, at least, especially with state lawmakers on track to expand gun rights this session. This might well be the year that permitless carry comes to Texas, for one thing. Another measure, which has the support of Gov. Greg Abbott, would make Texas a “Second Amendment Sanctuary State,” meaning that state agencies would effectively be directed to ignore any new federal rules and legislation that may come down the pike. And, sad to say, the fate of these measures may have as much to do with national politics as with what’s best for, or preferred by, the people of this state . President Joe Biden on Thursday announced a first round of executive actions on gun safety, as many Democrats have been calling on him to do since his inauguration in January. “Gun violence in this country is an epidemic, and it’s an international embarrassment,” Biden said, adding that “no amendment is absolute.” The latter phrase gave some conservatives the vapors, but Biden was merely restating a point made by legions of legal scholars from all corners of the ideological spectrum. His orders, too, are far […]

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