Texas Is About to Pass an Insane Law Letting People Carry Guns Without Background Checks, Licenses, or Training

Texas Is About to Pass an Insane Law Letting People Carry Guns Without Background Checks, Licenses, or Training

By SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images. Thinking of taking a page from corporate America’s playbook and relocating to Texas ? Wondering what life might be like in the Lone Star State? On the one hand, you’ve got the great food and live music scenes of Austin. On the other, you run the risk of running into “ gelatinous tubeworm ” Ted Cruz, abortions are now banned as early as six weeks, voter suppression is rampant , and, thanks to a bill about to be signed into law, there are basically no restrictions on guns whatsoever. Despite criticism from both law enforcement and a majority of residents, Texas’s Republican-led legislature approved a bill late Monday night that allows people to carry handguns in public without a license, background check, or training. It will now go to Governor Greg Abbott ’s desk, where, short of him suffering an attack of conscience, it’ll be made into law. “The strongest Second Amendment legislation in Texas history,” Abbott tweeted before the bill was passed. “Let’s get it to my desk for signing.” While 59% of Texas voters oppose permit-free carry, supporters like the National Rifle Association—whose leader hides out on yachts to avoid mass shootings—praised the legislation, calling it the greatest Texas “gun rights victory since the Alamo,” claiming it repeals restrictions that infringe on one‘s constitutional rights. While Republicans love to talk a big game about being the party of “law and order,” they apparently had little issue going against the wishes and […]

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