Don’t let freedom backfire

Don’t let freedom backfire

Beginning Sept. 1, most Texans will have the option to carry a handgun in public without going through training or having to obtain a permit under House Bill 1927, the Firearm Carry Act of 2021. The House approved HB 1927, 82-62, and the Senate passed it with a 17-13 vote. The bill allows Texas residents, 21 and over, to carry handguns without obtaining a license as long as they are not prohibited from owning a gun by state or federal laws. Current law requires citizens to obtain a license which includes submitting fingerprints, completing a four to six-hour training course and passing a written and shooting proficiency test. Amendments to the bill were included to nix previous concerns that kept the bill from going to the floor for a vote. One of the concerns would have barred officers from questioning people based only on their possession of a handgun. Another amendment enhances the criminal penalties for felons and family violence offenders caught carrying. The Texas Department of Public Safety will also offer a free online gun-safety course. The bill was sponsored by Senator Charles Schwertner, a Republican from Georgetown. “This is a simple restoration of Texans’ constitutional right under the Second Amendment, a right of the people to keep and bear arms,” said Schwertner. “I think it is a bill that is the strongest bill I’ve seen in my legislative career regarding the rights of our Second Amendment.” Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed HB 1927 into law Without the […]

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