Texas law now allows permitless carry of handguns, but gun owners still screened at state Capitol

Texas law now allows permitless carry of handguns, but gun owners still screened at state Capitol

Texas State troopers stand guard as supporters of President Donald Trump protest outside the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Texas as the House and Senate met in Washington D.C. to review the Electoral College presidential election results, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. The Texas Capitol building grounds closed Wednesday afternoon after news broke that a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol as the senate met to certify Joe Biden as president. (Lynda M. González/The Dallas Morning News) AUSTIN — Texans may no longer need a license and its associated background check to pack their pistols in public, but gun owners can still expect to be screened by law enforcement before entering the state Capitol. The vetting of those carrying guns without a license comes under a policy quietly implemented on Sept. 1 — the day the law took effect. Anyone carrying without a permit is required to check in at the Capitol’s west entrance, “where they will be appropriately screened” by state troopers, the Texas Department of Public Safety told The Dallas Morning News . Firearm instructor Michael Cargill on Tuesday entered the building’s west entrance. When he told troopers he was carrying permitless, Cargill said he was asked to provide identification. A trooper then placed a phone call and gave someone Cargill’s driver’s license number. About three minutes later, Cargill was allowed entry. Cargill immediately recounted to The News that the trooper was running a “criminal history check” to see if Cargill qualified to carry without a permit under the […]

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