The Texas Senate has advanced a bill that would allow Texans to carry a handgun without any form of license.
It could make Texas the largest state to allow permitless carry – what supporters refer to as “constitutional carry.”
The legislation passed the Senate by a vote of 18-13 along party lines and heads back to the House which already passed a similar bill, before heading to Governor Greg Abbott for his signature.
Abbott has already indicated he would sign the bill.
“I support it, and I believe it should reach my desk, and we should have ‘constitutional carry’ in Texas,” he said last week.
In essence, the legislation means people 21 and older would no longer be required to obtain a license to carry a handgun, take a safety course, or be subjected to a background check if they’re not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a gun.
The legislation nixing the requirement for a license to carry a handgun is yet another move to make Texas a “Second Amendment sanctuary state.”
Last month, Abbott praised Arizona for signing a law designed to protect firearm owners in the state from further federal legislation on gun control.
“This is what I’m seeking for Texas — a law to defy any new federal gun control laws,” Abbott tweeted. “It will make Texas a Second Amendment Sanctuary State.”
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) praised this new bill and said Texans have a different kind of permit to carry a handgun – the Constitution.
“I am proud that the Texas Senate passed House Bill 1927 today, the Constitutional Carry bill, which affirms every Texan’s right to self-defense and our state’s strong support for our Second Amendment right to bear arms,” Patrick said.
“In the Lone Star State, the Constitution is our permit to carry.”
While Texas is recognizing that the Constitution represents the only license necessary to carry a handgun, President Biden is trying to get a gun-control advocate nominated as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
David Chipman, the nominee, is a gun control partisan who has argued for a “well regulated” Second Amendment.
Dozens of House Republicans are pressuring the Senate to reject Chipman’s nomination, calling him an “enemy of the 2nd Amendment.”
Biden has issued executive actions on gun control and called for banning ‘assault weapons’ and ‘high-capacity magazines,’ insisting that “no amendment to the constitution is absolute.”
“From the very beginning you couldn’t own any weapon you wanted to own, and from the very beginning of the Second Amendment existed certain people weren’t allowed to have weapons,” he suggested.
“So the idea is just bizarre to suggest that some of the things we’re recommending are contrary to the Constitution.”
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