Permitless Carry Is Now Legal In Texas, Worrying Law Enforcement And Gun Safety Experts

Permitless Carry Is Now Legal In Texas, Worrying Law Enforcement And Gun Safety Experts

Handgun owners no longer need a license to carry firearms in public. In this year’s state Legislative session, Senate Bill 1927 eliminated the requirement for a handgun license in Texas, and with it, a mandatory minimum of five hours classroom instruction on basic gun laws, safe storage and peaceful conflict resolution as well as a shooting proficiency test. The new law now has law enforcement and gun safety experts worried about an increase in gun violence. HPD Assistant Chief Larry Satterwhite, at a permitless carry roundtable hosted by Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia Wednesday, said he wasn’t worried about lawful gun owners committing crimes. But, he said, he was concerned about people no longer required to take safety classes being irresponsible with firearms. “Overwhelmingly, the number of people that engage in shootings and crimes in our city, in the city of Houston, are people who would never be able to carry a firearm,” he said during the roundtable. “The question is how do they get that gun? And this is the problem.” Last year, almost 3,000 guns were stolen from cars in Houston, Satterwhite said. So far this year, that number has already passed 2,000. Today, the new permitless carry law went into effect. HPD encourages everyone to educate themselves about it and is committed to ensuring guns remain in safe hands. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/kzICXzXdP8 — Houston Police (@houstonpolice) September 1, 2021 Sam Houston State University criminologist Ryan Randa told Houston Public Media that while it isn’t known […]

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