Domestic violence and gun control groups concerned over permitless carry law going into effect Sept. 1

Domestic violence and gun control groups concerned over permitless carry law going into effect Sept. 1

The Texas Council on Family Violence is educating judges, prosecutors and law enforcement on the cruciality of keeping firearms out of criminals’ hands. SAN ANTONIO — A slew of new laws passed by Texas politicians will become effective next Wednesday, including the controversial permitless carry bill. The so-called “Constitutional Carry” law was praised by gun rights groups and Gov. Greg Abbott as an extension of American freedoms. Abbott stressed Texas needs to stand out as a Second Amendment sanctuary state, free of federal government intervention. Law enforcement groups and gun-control organizations, however, have expressed concern about the bill’s passage. “As a mom of a 17-year-old, of course I’m concerned about her safety,” said Linda Magid, a volunteer with Moms Demand Action in San Antonio. “I’m concerned about my safety and I’m concerned about the safety of our community.” Moms Demand Action volunteers plan on educating local business owners this weekend about legal ways to prevent people with guns from entering, whether or not they have a license to carry. It involves signage citing Texas penal code 30.05. “We’re asking businesses to allow that 11-by-17 space and put a sign up to keep people (who) maybe aren’t allowed to have that firearm, legally not allowed to have that firearm or just have no training at all to carry a weapon into a store or restaurant,” Magid said. The law allows people 21 years of age and older to carry a handgun in public without training, a background check or a […]

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