New Texas gun law prompts concern from students, law enforcement

New Texas gun law prompts concern from students, law enforcement

A new bill allows for adults in Texas to carry handguns in public without a permit or training. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) By Matt Kyle | Staff Writer On Sept. 1, 666 new laws went into effect in Texas, including laws restricting access to abortion and voting . Also included in the series of new legislation is House Bill 1927 , otherwise known as the “constitutional carry” bill. The bill allows Texans 21 and older who aren’t barred from owning a gun to carry a handgun in public, both openly and concealed, without a permit or training. The removal of requirements for training has raised safety concerns among law enforcement agencies in Texas. Waco Police Department spokesperson Cierra Shipley said the department is concerned about people carrying guns without training on the proper use and storage of the weapon. Waco chief of police Sheryl Victorian said in a statement that she strongly recommends that anyone planning to carry a weapon receive all of the proper training on gun safety. “Publicly carrying a weapon comes with much responsibility,” Victorian said. “Persons deciding to carry should only do so if they are properly educated on the law, gun safety and the emotional, mental and physical consequences that may occur from its use.” Proponents of the bill have argued that the bill protects the rights of gun owners and that more “good guys” carrying guns could potentially stop mass shooters. Georgetown sophomore Parker Wise said he supports the bill because it is more […]

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