Texas Legalizes Carrying a Gun Without a License
Texas GOP Governor Greg Abbott said in February that he intended to make Texas a “Second Amendment sanctuary state” and that “we need to erect a complete barrier against any government official anywhere from treading on gun rights in Texas.” On Wednesday, Abbott’s vision came to fruition as he scribbled his signature onto a piece of legislation that eliminates the need to obtain a license to sport a firearm in the Lone Star State.
House Bill 1927 – a wet dream for conservative Second Amendment enthusiasts – permits “the carrying of a firearm by a person who is 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.”
Republicans in the Texas Statehouse are dogmatic about what they believe is a limitless “constitutional carry,” however, “a solid majority of Texas voters don’t think permitless carry should be allowed, according to an April University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll,” The Texas Tribune noted on Wednesday.
“Before the permitless carry law was signed, Texans generally needed to be licensed to carry handguns openly or concealed. Applicants had to submit fingerprints, complete four to six hours of training, and pass a written exam and a shooting proficiency test. Texas does not require a license to openly carry a rifle in public,” the paper added. “The permitless carry movement saw a breakthrough in April when the House passed HB 1927. Patrick initially said the Senate did not have the votes for permitless carry, but he created a new committee, referred HB 1927 to it and got it to the floor, where it passed in early May.”