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Gov. Abbott About To Make Texas A Constitutional Carry State

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Texas is about to join the exclusive club of constitutional carry states. On Monday, the state Senate passed the final version of HB 1927. Soon as Governor Greg Abbott fulfills his pledge to sign it, the Lone Star State will enjoy unprecedented rights to bear arms. 

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According to Senator Charles Schwertner (R), HB 1927 rolls back restrictions imposed on Texans’ Second Amendment rights.

Once it goes into effect, residents aged 21 years and older can now carry a firearm, whether open or concealed, without the need for a permit.

Also, certain restrictions apply to this right. This includes whether or not the person has no previous violations of the law. 

“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,” Schwertner told the media. 

Constitutional Carry Doesn’t Change Who Can Possess A Firearm

Proponents of the law stressed that it’s important to note that constitutional carry doesn’t change the legality of firearm ownership.

All the requirements for purchasing a firearm remain intact. This also includes buying only from a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) and getting a background check. 

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Once signed into law, Texas joins 20 other states that already enacted permitless carry. The Lone Star State will join Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Abbott Ready To Sign The Bill Into Law

Texas Governor Greg Abbott previously indicated his strong support for the bill. Earlier this week, he tweeted he’s ready to sign. “Constitutional carry is moving in the #txlege.

The strongest Second Amendment legislation in Texas history. Let’s get it to my desk for signing #2A #SecondAmendment,” he posted. 

HB 1927’s sponsor, Representative Matt Schaefer (R), said that the governor could sign the bill as early as this week. “He did tell me personally he will sign it once we send it to his desk,” Schaefer told the media earlier Tuesday.

The bill previously passed the House, but when the Senate passed it, they added some amendments. Consequently, the bill had to go back to the House for a second approval which includes the changes.

Afterward, the Senate had to vote on it one more time, which happened yesterday. Currently, the bill is heading to Governor Greg Abbott’s desk. 

Changes To The Bill

The changes to the bill include “keep[ing] intact a number of changes the Senate made to the House bill to assuage concerns from the law enforcement community, including striking a provision that would have barred officers from questioning people based only on their possession of a handgun,” the Texas Tribune reported.

“The deal also preserves a Senate amendment enhancing the criminal penalties for felons and family violence offenders caught carrying.

Among other Senate changes that survived was a requirement that the Texas Department of Public Safety offers a free online course on gun safety,” it added.

Watch the Associated Press Video reporting that Texas is poised to become the next constitutional carry state in the United States:

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  • Patsy Sweat says:

    Yay Texas!! Thank you Governor Abbott.

  • Charlie Petty says:

    One day when we get a Governor for Alabama and for the People of Alabama then we can have the law passed for the law abiding Citizens as Texas and the other 20 States. Too politicians wanting to get richer off the tax payers. Kay Ivey lied to us about raising our taxes.

  • Marti Hendrickson says:

    YES! Americans who Love their country, our country, to protect themselves, their families, friend# and neighbors, because violence is overpowering our communities..our nation..our country…. Evil people are destroying the protection and safety for themselves and their families and their homes!! We must stop the EVILS by Evil people!!!!!!!

  • Dwayne Frye says:

    With Biden and his democratic fools letting violence and lawlessness go unchecked as well as there defending of our police.l wish my state had it!

  • walter says:

    dwayne your country has it the 2nd amendment. at least you would be alive to fight your state in the courts.

  • H. Giles says:

    I am very 2A and the right to carry arms. I do have one concern. Being that any idiot can carry without passing a live fire test.
    I’ve watched people at the range and some people just don’t need to be caring a weapon.
    Plus going through the LTC class they educate you on when it is lawful to use deadly force. Each state is different.

  • robert says:

    I’m against it and here’s why. If any and everybody can carry open or concealed i see this happening. Somebody loses a fight or is afraid for what ever reason.There is somebody going to be bleeding out before you can say(hold on now}.Fear or temper is a dangerous situation.At least with licencing you are going to have less guns on the street.And hopefully keep guns out of the hands of the lunatic’s. I have seen more than once some nut case i’d be afraid to think he has a gun.

  • Hipockets says:

    Great job Texas! Every state needs this. Especially where they are defunding the police,and so many police are quitting. We will have to defend ourselves,wherever you go..I’m glad I live in a state that thinks like Texas.

  • Mark says:

    I live in the Great State of TEXAS this is long overdue to recognize our GOD given rights of the 2nd Amendment. Thank you 🇺🇲🇨🇱🇺🇸

  • David says:

    Finally a state recognizing the constitution instead of violating it.

  • Laurie says:

    We should all be abiding by the constitution, it was created for a reason for all people. Yes, there may be lunatics out there that will carry guns, but they do now whether they obtained it lawfully or not. You won’t stop them no matter what. If they want to get a gun, they will. At least by freeing up the honest law abiding citizens the right to carry arms, they have a way to fight back and protect themselves, family, businesses, etc. Perhaps if everyone carried a gun and had the ability to fire back, these lunatics would think twice before committing half the crimes they do. And if they don’t take that into consideration, they wouldn’t have right from the start and it wouldn’t matter anyway!

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