Texas Gov. Abbott Poised To Sign Bill Concerning Handguns

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Texas legislature passed a bill allowing Texans to carry a handgun without a permit, also known as constitutional carry or permitless carry. The bill lands on Gov. Abbott’s desk, waiting for a signature that’s almost guaranteed to come. Gov. Abbott told Fox that this bill widens an already existing ‘constitutional carry’ law.

The federal government doesn’t have law’s dictating the legality behind carrying a handgun without a permit; it leaves those laws up to states’ legislatures. Unfortunately, Texas is one of a few Republican-held states that didn’t have constitutional carry laws for handgun owners. So until this bill is signed into law by Gov. Abbott, the current Texas laws require gun owners to pay for a license to carry a handgun.

The term ‘constitutional carry’ refers to laws that allow legal gun owners to carry a firearm without a government-issued permit. Since states’ constitutional protections for gun owners vary, so will their definition of ‘permitless carry.’

“People are already allowed to have constitutional carry for long guns in the state of Texas. This just adds handguns; someone has still gone through a background check when they buy a handgun,” the Texas governor said.

HB1927 only applies to Texas residents who are “21 years of age or older and not otherwise prohibited by state or federal law from possessing the firearm and to other provisions related to the carrying, possessing, transporting, or storing of a firearm or other weapon; creating criminal offenses.”

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz tweeted his congratulations saying, “This is excellent news for law abiding-Second Amendment loving Texans. I applaud Texas legislators for passing this landmark legislation to make constitutional carry a reality and to protect the rights of law-abiding citizens.”

The law would hardly be “landmark legislation” as Texas is the 21st state to pass such legislation since Alaska started the trend in 2003.

HB 1927 passed the House and the Senate. However, both chambers forced the final version of the bill into a conference committee. The committee, evenly made of five Senators and five Representatives, announced that the bill’s final wording, complete with the approval of both chambers, would be headed for Gov. Abbott’s signatures.

Texas Republican Senator Charles Schwertner praised HB 1927, saying it “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.”

The bill draws its meaning of ‘constitutional carry’ from The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. Our 2A protects Americans from tyranny and subjugation by protecting our right to keep and bear arms.

Conservative groups targeted the Capitol switchboard after Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick indicated he would pass on bringing the bill to a vote.

Critics argue that this bill would allow criminals to carry illegal firearms more openly. However, Conservatives like Sen. Schwertner believe that criminals by nature don’t tend to follow laws.

Schwertner said, “this bill is about two things: the advancement of self-defense, and a belief in and trust of – law-abiding citizens to avail themselves of their Second Amendment right to self-defend by carrying a sidearm.” He added that “this is an advancement that is going to improve safety both for the individual and society at large.”

The bill does not negate any standing laws defining who can own a firearm in the State of Texas.

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