Gov. Greg Abbott embraces ‘constitutional carry’ in latest boost for divisive gun legislation

Gov. Greg Abbott embraces ‘constitutional carry’ in latest boost for divisive gun legislation

Gov. Greg Abbott during a press conference in Dallas, March 17, 2021, addressing the arrival of a few hundred immigrant teen boys from the border to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services confirmed Tuesday that the convention center will serve as an emergency intake site to hold teens who have arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border starting Wednesday to decrease overcrowding at Customs and Border Protection facilities. (Lola Gomez/The Dallas Morning News) AUSTIN — After skirting the question for weeks, Gov. Greg Abbott is now saying he would sign a bill letting people carry handguns in public without a license if lawmakers pass it. “I believe it should reach my desk and we should have constitutional carry in Texas,” Abbott, a Republican, said during a radio interview on WBAP Tuesday. “This is something that 20 other states already have adopted and it’s time for Texas to adopt it too.” His endorsement gives a major boost to the divisive legislation that is gaining traction in the Texas Legislature after years of going nowhere. It also puts even more pressure on Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to advance the National Rifle Association-backed bill, which has already cleared the House. While Patrick has said permitless carry doesn’t have the votes to pass the GOP-led Senate, the Republican said he’s working with law enforcement officers in opposition and gun rights groups in support “to find consensus and the votes needed to pass.” The bill will receive a […]

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