Authorities worry new Texas gun law will increase violence

Authorities worry new Texas gun law will increase violence

Angelica Halphen, whose 18-year-old son Harrison Schmidt was killed in a 2019 road rage shooting in Houston, Texas holds photos of her son in Houston, Wednesday Sept. 1, 2021. Texas’ new law allowing most people to carry handguns in public without a license or training came in part from the belief by many here that the best way to prevent crime and stop an armed bad guy is to make sure an armed good guy is nearby. (AP Photo/Juan A. Lozano) HOUSTON – Texas’ new law allowing most people to carry handguns in public without a permit or training came in part from the belief by many Texans that the best way to prevent crime and stop an armed bad guy is to make sure an armed good guy is nearby. Gov. Greg Abbott and his Republican allies in the Legislature who this summer made Texas the largest state with a so-called permitless carry law pitched it as a way to let people more easily defend themselves without government interference. “Best case scenario, the police are minutes away. But you need protection right then and there if you’re in danger. So, it’s going to make us safe,” said Bethany Young, the legislative director for Texas Gun Rights, which pushed for passage of the law that took effect Wednesday . But research suggests crime actually rises after such laws are implemented. And Texas authorities, including many who spoke out against the new measure, worry that having more people walking around […]

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