Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says permitless gun carry doesn’t have Senate support

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says permitless gun carry doesn't have Senate support

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Monday said a bill that would let people carry handguns in public without a license does not have the votes to pass in the GOP-controlled Senate, just days after the measure received House approval. Patrick, a Republican who presides over the Senate, has not had an appetite for the bill in previous sessions, although he said Monday that he would meet with representatives of law enforcement groups that oppose no-permit carry and groups such as the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America that support it. "If we have the votes to pass a permitless carry bill off the Senate floor, I will move it," Patrick said in a statement. “At this point we don’t have the votes on the floor to pass it.” MORE: Texas House backs no-permit gun carry legislation It’s not clear which senators do not support the measure, but the Senate has yet to pass a bill out of committee that would repeal the state’s license to carry law. Last week, the Texas House voted 87-58, largely along party lines, to approve the measure . House Speaker Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont, has long been a supporter of the idea. Election judges Meanwhile, the House continued to show an appetite Monday for expanding gun access, amid a spate of gun violence in Texas. Two people were killed and three others were injured in an early Monday morning shooting in Houston, according to police. In Austin, a former Travis County sheriff’s deputy […]

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