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Politics Constitutional carry clears Texas Senate as governor vows to sign

18:20  06 may  2021
18:20  06 may  2021 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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The Texas Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would allow residents to carry a handgun without a permit as Gov. Greg Abbott is poised to sign the legislation in its final hurdle.

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HB 1927, 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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Abbott will sign the legislation once it hits his desk, he said.

ABBOTT VOWS TO SIGN LEGISLATION ALLOWING TEXANS TO CARRY FIREARM IN PUBLIC WITHOUT A PERMIT

"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 join 20 other states that have similar laws on the books, including Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Montana, New Hampshire, and North Dakota.

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President Joe Biden has issued a number of executive orders to 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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