Texans could carry handguns without a permit under bill headed to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk

Texans could carry handguns without a permit under bill headed to Gov. Greg Abbott's desk

Sign up for The Brief , our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. A measure long sought by conservative activists allowing Texans to carry handguns without a license is on the cusp of becoming law after the Texas Senate on Monday approved a compromise on the bill, sending it to Gov. Greg Abbott. "We should have ‘constitutional carry’ in Texas," Abbott told North Texas radio host Rick Roberts in April. Just before midnight on Sunday, the House approved the deal , hashed out behind closed doors , in an 82-62 vote. The Senate approved the deal Monday in a 17-13 vote. “This is a simple restoration of Texans’ constitutional right under the Second Amendment, a right of the people to keep and bear arms,” the Senate sponsor, Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, said on the floor Monday. “I think it is a bill that is the strongest bill I’ve seen in my legislative career regarding the rights of our Second Amendment.” House Bill 1927 would nix the requirement for Texas residents to obtain a license to carry handguns if they’re not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a gun. The compromise keeps intact a number of changes the Senate made to the House bill to assuage concerns from the law enforcement community, including striking a provision that would have barred officers from questioning someone based only on their possession of a handgun. The deal also preserves a Senate amendment enhancing […]

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