New Texas gun law goes into effect soon

New Texas gun law goes into effect soon

Beginning this week carrying a handgun in public will no longer require a license as Texas joins 19 other states in what supporter’s refer to as “Constitutional Carry.” Daily Record photo by Lance Winter Beginning this week, carrying a handgun in public will no longer require a license as Texas joins 19 other states in what supporters refer to as “Constitutional Carry.” Earlier this year House Bill 1927 was approved by lawmakers allowing anyone 21 years old or older to legally possess and carry a firearm in public without a permit. The current state law allows residents 21 or older to carry a handgun but only after completing the required training and criminal background check to receive a License to Carry — (LTC). Well, that’s about to change come Wednesday. The new law won’t get rid of LTC, but instead, make it optional. “Essentially, the ‘Constitutional Carry’ law is the Texas Legislature reaffirming the Second Amendment,” Hays County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Bruce Harlan recently told the San Marcos Lions Club. “It’s not that there is no regulation, because there still is, that’s a common misconception. But in a nutshell, it is our legislature reaffirming the Second Amendment.” Above, Bruce Harlan, deputy with the Hays County Sheriff’s Office, speaks at a recent San Marcos Lion Club meeting regarding new gun laws in Texas. Submitted photo Harlan cautioned there are some prohibitions designed to keep people from carrying. He said there are several state felony and misdemeanor convictions as well as […]

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