‘Constitutional carry’ bill would allow unlicensed Texans to carry pistols in public

'Constitutional carry' bill would allow unlicensed Texans to carry pistols in public

The Texas House of Representatives will debate today whether to allow Texans to carry handguns in public places without a license. House Bill 1927 — the “constitutional carry” bill, as it’s called by supporters — was approved along party lines in the House’s security and public safety committee earlier this month and is slated for a floor vote this afternoon. The House convened at 10 a.m. State Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, is sponsoring the measure, which has broad support from Texas Republicans and the state’s powerful gun lobby. If passed in both chambers and signed by the governor, Texans ages 21 and older would not be required to pass a training class and hold a permit to carry a handgun in public. The legislation does not apply to Texans with criminal records. “No one should have to have a permit to have their Second Amendment right,” Texas GOP Chairman Allen West said at a press conference on Tuesday. TEXAS TAKE: Get the latest news on Texas politics sent directly to your inbox every weekday At least 19 other states have passed some form of permitless carry. “It’s high time Texas joined them!” the Texas State Rifle Association wrote in an email blast earlier this week. Democrats and other critics have said the measure could lead to increased crime and gun violence. A group of Texas law enforcement officers gathered outside the state Capitol on Tuesday to oppose the legislation. “This bill does not make officers more safe,” Dallas Police […]

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