Freedom Expands in Texas

Freedom Expands in Texas

Texans recently saw a dozen NRA-backed bills go into effect, most notable among them being constitutional carry. These pro-freedom measures went into effect Sept. 1, and would not have come to fruition were it not for the tireless work of pro-Second Amendment legislators in the Lone Star State, the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (ILA), and dedicated NRA members and other activists that support our right to keep and bear arms. “This year we have seen unprecedented movement to restore our rights in Texas and demonstrate that the Lone Star State is the leader in the fight to protect and preserve our firearm freedoms,” wrote NRA-ILA. As mentioned, the biggest win is the enactment of constitutional carry in Texas , which removes the statutory restriction prohibiting gun owners from carrying a handgun without a license. With this bill becoming law, Texas joined four other states—Iowa, Montana, Tennessee and Utah—that enacted some form of permitless carry just this year, bringing the total number of constitutional carry states to 21. This number is even more astounding considering that in 1990, only 16 states allowed concealed carry with or without a permit. “In this historic place—The Alamo—one of our nation’s earliest battles for freedom was fought. And today, another has been won, as Texas becomes the 21st state to allow permitless carry for law-abiding gun owners,” said Wayne LaPierre, NRA executive vice president, at the time of the bill’s signing by Gov. Greg Abbott (R). “In an increasingly dangerous world, Texans—and all […]

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