Politics Constitutional carry clears Texas Senate as governor vows to sign
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TheSenate passed a bill Wednesday that would allow residents to carry a handgun without a permit as Gov. is poised to sign the legislation in its final hurdle.
, which allows Texans 21 or older to possess a pistol on their person provided they are not "otherwise prohibited by state or federal law," cleared the Senate 18-13.
The move, which is commonly referred to as constitutional carry, passed the House 84-56 on April 16, and it was initially believed that the Senate might vote down the measure following staunch opposition from police unions and prominent gun control groups.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dr. Michael Cackovic has treated his share of pregnant women. So when Republican lawmakers across the U.S. began passing bans on abortion at what they term “the first detectable fetal heartbeat,” he was exasperated. That's because at the point where advanced technology can detect that first flutter, as early as six weeks, the embryo isn’t yet a fetus and it doesn’t have a heart. “You cannot hear this ’flutter,’ it is only seen on ultrasound,” said Cackovic, a maternal fetal medicine specialist at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, where some 5,300 babies are born each year.
Abbottthe legislation once it hits his desk, he said.
"I support it, and I believe it should reach my desk, and we should have constitutional carry in Texas," the Republican governor said April 28.
Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia, however, said passing constitutional carry could put law enforcement at risk.
"It makes our job, the job of our men and women, more dangerous," Garcia said. "Gun owners have a duty to ensure that their firearms are handled safely and a duty to know applicable laws. The licensing process is the best way to make sure this message is conveyed."
If Abbott approves the bill, Texas would joinother states that have similar laws on the books, including Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Montana, New Hampshire, and North Dakota.
Texas enabled the worst carbon monoxide poisoning catastrophe in recent U.S. history
A family used their car to stay warm when a storm brought down the Texas power grid. In a state that doesn’t require CO alarms, they had no warning they were poisoning themselves.HOUSTON — When Shalemu Bekele awoke on the morning of Feb. 15, the townhouse he shared with his wife and two children was so cold, his fingers felt numb.
President Joe Biden has issued a number ofto crack down on gun owners in the United States, though many Republican-led states have opted to loosen firearms laws since he assumed office on Jan. 20. Gun ownership hit record highs amid the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic and during protests that followed the death of George Floyd.
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Texas Was Already One of the Hardest States to Vote in. It May Get Even Harder .
The Texas House of Representatives approved a spate of new voting restrictions Friday that would ban election officials from sending out ballot applications to voters unless they specifically requested one and grant more power to partisan poll watchers. The measure, which Democrats, corporations, and voting rights advocates have said impinges on Texans’ right to vote, will soon return to the Republican-controlled Senate and could still undergo significant changes. Republican Governor Greg Abbott has broadly expressed support for the bill.