Some key South Texas law enforcement personnel and firearms instructors are backing Texans’ soon-to-be established right to carry a gun without a permit. But, those supporters and critics of the measure agree, proper training is still necessary. Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to sign House Bill 1927 into law — allowing for the unlicensed carrying of handguns in the state after the Senate approved a compromise on the bill last week . "If I’m honest, I’m surprised that it took this long to come this far," said South Texas licensed firearms instructor Kyle Thompson. Like many other area firearms instructors and law enforcement personnel, Thompson — owner of Patriot Response , a small business dedicated to firearms training and education, as well as a full-time firefighter/EMT — has lots of thoughts regarding the bill. "Being in the firearms instruction industry and being a supporter of the Second Amendment … I support it," Thompson told the Caller-Times. "Every citizen should have the right to protect themselves. But there are some factors that Texans should take into consideration when the bill passes.