Texans can carry handguns in public places without a license when a new bill, HB 1927, is incorporated into the law. It happened at house 84-56 on Thursday.
House Bill 1927 was drafted by Rep. Matt Schaefer. The measure reflects a practice found in 20 states and is known as “Constitutional Law”. The bill allows anyone 21 and older to carry a weapon in public without having to pass a training class or have a permit. The invoice does not apply to people with a criminal record.
“This bill should be referred to as ‘Common Sense Carry’ because it is about enabling ordinary, law-abiding citizens to carry handguns in public places for common reasons of personal and family protection,” said Rep. Schäfer.
Amid the large number of mass shootings in the nation, including Texas, Democratic President Joe Biden has pushed for stricter gun restrictions.
The bill was discussed for around seven hours and more than 12 amendments were proposed. The House Gallery was home to many gun law advocates, including members of Moms Demand Action and Gun Owners of America. Democrats wore red ribbons on the floor of the house out of respect for victims of gun violence.
The bill is now being sent to the Texas Senate, where they must also vote to pass it in order to become law.
State MP Joe Moody, D-El Paso, tried to pass an amendment to remove the bill’s implementation clause, but the amendment failed by 16 votes in favor.