Weighing the impact of permitless carry in North Texas

Weighing the impact of permitless carry in North Texas

Flower Mound-based Bill Mischke teaches an Israeli Combat Shooting (ICS) class, which aims to emphasize safety. In a victory for pro-gun activists in Texas, the state’s so-called “permitless carry” law went into effect on Sept. 1. Signed by Gov. Greg Abbott on June 16, House Bill 1927 allows Texans to carry holstered handguns in public without permits or training provided that the holder is not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing firearms. This unqualified cohort includes people convicted of certain felonies or violent crimes, people named as subjects of a protective order and people who are deemed by a court to be too mentally incompetent to possess a firearm. The law also mandates that handgun licenses cannot be revoked if a licensee in otherwise good legal standing has previously been convicted of unlawfully carrying a weapon. Those in possession of a holstered handgun must be at least 21 years of age and, if on another person’s private property, have consent from the owner to carry it in plain view. “We support the right of every law-abiding American to be able to have a weapon to defend themselves,” said Abbott upon signing the bill. “That is different from teenagers unlawfully getting access to guns to commit crimes. Those are people who deserve to be behind bars for the rest of their lives.” Bill Mischke, a Flower Mound-based Israeli Combat Shooting (ICS) Instructor, has been teaching self defense for over 20 years and recently hosted a radio show that […]

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