Constitutional Carry, 2nd Amendment Sanctuary, and Anti-Red Flag Laws: A Look at Pro-Gun Bills in Texas

Constitutional Carry, 2nd Amendment Sanctuary, and Anti-Red Flag Laws: A Look at Pro-Gun Bills in Texas

With a record number of guns sold last year and a new presidential administration that pledged increased gun control measures, bolstering Second Amendment rights is a target that the Republican-controlled legislature ostensibly has in its crosshairs. What bills might actually be passed and become law by the end of the legislative session in May remains to be seen, but GOP lawmakers have filed a few dozen pro-gun bills. Right-leaning candidates frequently tout their Second Amendment bonafides on the campaign trail, but in past legislative sessions, the centerpiece of pro-gun rhetoric — constitutional carry — has never seen the light of day. The same has usually held true for the wide-sweeping gun control plans proposed by progressive legislators, such as so-called “assault weapons bans.” Notably, though, in the wake of mass killings in El Paso and Odessa in 2019, some Republicans signaled a willingness to consider proposals of “red-flag” laws and “universal background checks.” With the interesting mix of current public sentiments, it is possible that either major pro-gun or major gun control legislation — or even both — will pass. However, there are many less sensational bills that may have a higher likelihood of ending up on Governor Greg Abbott’s desk. Here is a detailed look at both the major and the less dazzling pro-gun legislation that Republicans have introduced in the Texas legislature. Constitutional Carry Constitutional carry, which would eliminate the need for a License to Carry (LTC) to carry a handgun in Texas, has again been filed, […]

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