Whooooo! Constitutional carry, or concealed carry without a permit, is now legal in Texas! Lawmakers voted to advance House Bill 1911, allowing citizens who are 21 or older to carry without a permit. Rep. The representative who authorized the bill, James White, stated, “I believe that they should be able to exercise their full constitutional right to carry their weapons in the appropriate manner.”
Heck yes! One more down in the books for constitutional gun rights! However, there is still a long way to go.
While the bill would remove the permit requirement, White said there are still some other restrictions.
“We do have provisions that will require people to be 21 years of age…be mentally competent and to be able to legally possess a firearm under current and federal guidelines.”Rep. Matt Schaefer, R- Tyler, was among those who voted for the bill and said it’s a step in the right direction.“This bill does not represent the idea of constitutional carry as we had hoped. But it does move the issue forward,” Schaefer said, “Texas lags behind and we’re really just trying to catch up to other parts of the country when it comes to freedom under the Second Amendment.”While the bill would not eliminate the state’s license to carry program, according to the Legislative Budget Board, applications for license and renewal to carry could decline, costing the state more than $37 million.
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