State lawmakers reach agreement on permitless carry bill, now headed to the governor

State lawmakers reach agreement on permitless carry bill, now headed to the governor

FILE – In this Jan. 19, 2016 file photo, handguns are displayed at the Smith & Wesson booth at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas. There’s no mechanism under federal law to seize firearms from people who have become prohibited to purchase or possess one. Most states allow police to seize a firearm when they encounter someone determined to be a prohibited person. However, few states have a procedure to actively retrieve and remove firearms from those people. (AP Photo/John Locher, File) AUSTIN, Texas — With just ten days left in this year’s legislative session, state lawmakers have agreed to a final version of the bill allowing Texans to carry a handgun without a license, sending the bill to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk. Earlier this month, the Texas Senate passed House Bill 1927, which would allow Texans at least 21-years-old to carry a handgun without a permit, unless they’re not allowed to own a handgun by state or federal law because of a felony conviction or certain misdemeanors. Currently, you must have a license to carry a handgun, which requires training, passing tests, and submitting finger prints for criminal background checks. The Senate added amendments, but the House refuse the changed bill, sending it to a conference committee. There, lawmakers from both chambers settled differences on the bill, making this announcement Friday afternoon. Bill author and state Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, released the following statement: The House and Senate conferees have reached an agreement on […]

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