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Texas Poised To Pass Law Allowing People To Carry A Handgun Without A License

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.

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Texas Making Pro-Second Amendment Moves

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.”

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Biden’s ATF Nominee An ‘Enemy of the Second Amendment’

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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Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance writer focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been following and analyzing the political climate for several years, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, FoxNews.com and more.

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  • Once again 1) Off topic 2) Just another anecdote that means nothing 3) Nobody here cares, and 4) Aren't you going to be late for your psychiatrist appt? Stop typing, put that voodoo doll of Trump down, and get going. He charges you $450/hr (you do know he charges everyone else $95/hr, don't you?) What does THAT tell you, my "psychologically-challenged" pal?

  • As they say in TX, "Yeee.... Haw"! That's one way to keep the metrosexual leftists o-u-t of Texas!

  • In Missouri open carry was always lawful. Only concealed carry had to be licensed. I suspect this is the true view in Texas, too.

  • Amazing the effort and extent the FBI is going to find capital hill protesters. No effort like it to find antifa and blm rioters. We live in a country run by the deep state and their cohorts....democrats

  • 'Constitutional carry'. I'm all for it. Will we have a few extra shootings? Probably, but those would most likely have happened anyway. While constitutional carry 'might' eliminate safety courses as a requirement, I'm sure responsible firearm owners will still sign-up for them. Firearm ownership, although an 'absolute' right, regardless of what the current dimwit in the WH says, still means the owner is responsible and accountable for their actions with the firearm. It's always been that way...it's just that the Left tries to 'redefine' words and terms to suit 'their' narrative and show preferential treatment to certain members in our society, while demonizing others. Will it become the 'Wild West', again? Doubt it. The 'Wild West' was not all that 'wild' to begin with. That idea comes from Hollywood years ago and the '10 cent' paperbacks that came out in the mid to late 1800s. It was actually safer and more civilized that most Leftist run cities, today. In fact, I'd feel safer in a rowdy 'cowboy' town, back then, than 'any Leftist run city, today.

  • Say Oklahoma Governor Stitt, I Hope You Out There, I Sincerely Hope That You Will Follow In The US Constitutional Foot Steps Of Texas Governor Abbott, Sir!!!

  • And the dumb-down, indoctrinated libs can't comprehend the difference between law-abiding citizen's Constitutional Right to defend themselves and a criminal's complete disregard for the law. In other words; if criminals are going to 'carry' with intent to prey on the public, then law-abiding citizens should have the legal right to do so as well, if they choose to do so.

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