Gov. Abbott signs slew of gun bills, including permitless carry

Gov. Abbott signs slew of gun bills, including permitless carry

The ammo magazine is made to look like the Texas flag as gun rights advocates gather outside the Texas Capitol where Texas Gov. Greg Abbott held a round table discussion, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Austin, Texas. Abbott is meeting in Austin with officials from Google, Twitter and Facebook as well as officials from the FBI and state lawmakers to discuss ways of combatting extremism in light of the recent mass shooting in El Paso that reportedly targeted Mexicans. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Texans will soon be able to carry handguns without a license. Hotels can’t stop their guests from taking guns into their rooms. The government can’t shut down gun shops during a declared disaster. Gov. Greg Abbott signed a slate of gun-related laws at a ceremonial event in San Antonio on Thursday. The seven bills range from technical changes, like allowing Texans to carry a gun in any type of holster, to more broad political statements, such as declaring Texas a Second Amendment “sanctuary state.” “There is a need for people to have a weapon to defend themselves in the Lone Star State,” Abbott said. The most prominent of the laws featured in Thursday’s event was the so-called “constitutional carry” legislation, House Bill 1927 , which the governor had officially signed into law the day prior. Starting Sept. 1, all Texans age 21 and over can obtain and carry a handgun in public without a permit or training. “1927 is a model for the nation,” said Lt. Gov. […]

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