Herman: New Texas handgun laws. Who? Where? How?

Herman: New Texas handgun laws. Who? Where? How?

OK, I think we’re pretty clear on where our state lawmakers — or at least the controlling majority of them — stand on guns. They are for them, the more and less regulated the merrier. The Texas Senate proclaimed that Saturday night when it advanced to a final vote, probably Monday, on House Bill 2622 , which declares Texas a Second Amendment sanctuary state that won’t use its money to enforce new federal gun laws. Guns remain a Rorschach test. Where some see harmless recreation and fun (except maybe if you’re a deer), others see unnecessary danger and firepower. Where some see an instrument for the taking of life, others see a device for the protection of life. All of the above. And that’s why our society so struggles with this. Despite advocates who argue the Second Amendment grants something approaching an absolute right (even if you’re not a member of a well-regulated militia), reasonably thinking people reasonably think otherwise. We have lots and lots of laws restricting guns and the people who love them. The coming-to-a-close 87th Texas Legislature has dealt with many such laws, the most attention-grabbing of which is the pending approval of the one doing away with the permit and training required to legally carry a handgun. (Do I get a refund on what I paid for the permit and training course?) Additionally, there’s legislation dealing with who can carry handguns, where they can carry them, how they can carry them and where some gun […]

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