Texas has signed a permitless carry bill into law beginning September 1. This means that Texas residents do not have to obtain a license to carry a handgun or attend any classes. If you have questions or concerns about this new law or would like to discuss a recent gun violence charge, our experienced criminal defense attorneys can assist you. At The Gonzalez Law Group, we are committed to ensuring that your rights are protected. Continue reading to learn more about the permitless carry bill.
What is the new handgun bill in Texas?
Beginning on September 1, 2021, Governor Greg Abbott signed the permitless carry bill into law. House Bill 1927 now eliminates the requirement for Texas residents to obtain a license to carry handguns so long as they are not prohibited from state or federal law.
Governor Abbott’s signature seals a win to conservative activists who have long sought the measure without success. Historically, conservatives and gun rights advocates have long lobbied the Texas Legislature for permitless carry have struggled to win support.
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What does the Senate have to say about this change?
Before the bill was approved, the Senate tacked on several amendments to address the concerns that law enforcement groups had. These groups that opposed permitless carry were worried that it would endanger offices and make it easier for criminals to get guns.
The deal preserves the Senate amendment enhancing criminal charges for felons and family violence offenders caught carrying. Additionally, the Senate changes that made it into the law were a requirement that the Texas Department of Public Safety offers a free online course on gun safety.
United States Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-El Paso states that the permitless carry bill will cause more violence and loss, despite the overwhelming support of common-sense gun violence prevention. Escobar states that universal background checks are imperative to preventing gun violence to honoring victims and survivors in El Paso and across Texas.
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