Texas Senate approves bill allowing people to carry handguns without license

Texas Senate approves bill allowing people to carry handguns without license

The Texas Senate has voted to advance a bill that will allow people to carry handguns in the state without a license, setting up the state to be the largest in the country to allow permitless carry. The legislation passed by an 18-13 margin along party lines Wednesday evening. The bill would allow people 21 and older who can already legally own a gun to carry a handgun in public without the license, safety course and background check current law requires. The bill now heads to the House, which passed similar legislation earlier this year but will not consider changes the Senate made to the bill before sending it to Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) desk. The Senate passage of the legislation marks a significant victory for gun rights activists and Republicans, who had seen permitless carry legislation go nowhere in previous legislative sessions. "HB 1927 would recognize the United States Constitution as our permit to carry and allow all law-abiding adults, aged 21 years or older, to carry a handgun for the protection of themselves or their families, in public places, in a holster, without the requirement of a state-issued license," said state Sen. Charles Schwertner (R), a sponsor of the bill. "People who are prohibited from possessing a handgun will still be prohibited from possessing a handgun under this bill," he added. "Nothing in this bill regarding possession is changed.” Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) also hailed the passage of the bill, touting it as evidence of Texas’s […]

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