Texas, A.K.A. the Lone Star State, just became one important step closer to instituting the laws to become a constitutional carry state as the state Senate passes H.B. 1927. if things go as planned and Greg Abbott, Republican Governor of Texas, signs the bill into law it will mean that residents over the age of 21 will be allowed to carry firearms freely, both open and concealed, without the need to go through the hassle of getting a permit so long as they are not branded a prohibited possessor of firearms.
As stated by Republican Senator Charles Schwertner, the law seeks to roll back the restrictions on the second amendment rights of all Texans.
“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,” the Tyler Morning Telegraph reported after an interview with Schwertner.
The idea of constitutional carry does not make changes to who is legally allowed to own, use, or purchase firearms, it is important to note. The need for a background check and the rules for buying a gun from a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) all still apply.
Governor Abbott has already stated openly his support for the bill as it started its journey.
“Constitutional carry is moving in the #txlege. The strongest Second Amendment legislation in Texas history,” tweeted out Abbott this past week. “Let’s get it to my desk for signing #2A #SecondAmendment.”
Constitutional carry is moving in the #txlege.
The strongest Second Amendment legislation in Texas history.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) May 21, 2021
The bill’s main sponsor, Republican Rep. Matt Schaefer, stated that the governor will sign the bill, maybe even as early as later this week.
“He did tell me personally he will sign it once we send it to his desk,” Schaefer stated to radio host Dana Loesch earlier.
— The First (@TheFirstonTV) May 24, 2021
The bill itself has already made it through the House. After it made it through the house it was bounced back to the Senate where a few additional changes were made to it. It had was then forced to go back to the House for the chamber to vote on once again and agree to the changes made by the Senate, and after that, it had to pass one last Senate vote in order for it to be sent to the desk of Governor Greg Abbott. The final vote before it hit the Governors desk took place late Monday evening.
The changes that were made 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,” reported the Texas Tribune. “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 offer a free online course on gun safety.”