Texas Lawmakers Move to Drop Most Handgun Licensing Requirements

Texas Lawmakers Move to Drop Most Handgun Licensing Requirements

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Texas lawmakers are poised to allow adults over the age of 21 to openly carry a handgun in public without a permit, a measure being hailed as a victory by gun rights advocates while critics said it would lead to an increase in gun violence. The Republican-led State House and Senate gave final passage late Monday night to a measure that would do away with most existing licensing requirements, and Gov. Gregg Abbott has said he intends to sign it. “The strongest Second Amendment legislation in Texas history. Let’s get it to my desk for signing,” Mr. Abbott said on Twitter days before the bill was passed. Texas is one of at least 20 states to pass such legislation, making it easier to obtain and carry guns at a time when gun violence in cities across the country has been increasing at alarming rates. Texas has been home to some of the largest mass shootings in the nation, including a 2019 shooting spree at a Walmart in El Paso that left 23 people dead and a shooting in 2017 at a church in Sutherland Springs that killed 26 people, including an unborn baby. Texas already has some of the least-restrictive guns laws in the nation. Gun owners must pass a background check, submit fingerprints, complete at least four hours of training, and pass both a written exam and shooting proficiency test before carrying a handgun. If the measure is signed into law, nearly all of […]

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