Carrying a firearm in Texas without a permit? Here’s why it could become legal

Carrying a firearm in Texas without a permit? Here’s why it could become legal

AUSTIN (Nexstar) — Carrying a firearm without a permit in Texas may have a new chance to become law this year. The Texas House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee favorably reported a bill that would allow permitless carry in the Lone Star State. House Bill 1911 , would allow Texans over 21 years of age to carry a firearm without the standard licensing. It would also eliminate required firearms training. State Rep. James White, R-Hillister, authored the bill this session. He said the training and licenses should not trump Second Amendment rights. “It doesn’t matter if they’re on the left or the right, or in the in the middle,” he said during a March 25 hearing. “Everybody wants their rights.” Governor Greg Abbott made protecting and expanding second amendment rights a priority for the 87th legislative session. In a marathon legislative hearing, all of the Texans who testified in-person during the hearing for HB 1911 supported the legislation, which is named after the M1911 pistol. “Constitutional carry is a step in the right direction of going after the criminals instead of prosecuting everyday citizens for little things,” Alexie Swirsky said. State Rep. Vikki Goodwin, D-Austin, was one of the three lawmakers who voted against approving the measure. “Texans want more protections from gun violence, not less,” she said in a statement. “HB 1911 removes safeguards that ensure that those who are carrying handguns have been confirmed as eligible to do so.” “In voting against HB 1911, I reject […]

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