Texas Moves To Allow Open Carry Of Guns Without A License Or Training
An uptick in mass shootings around the United States the past few decades has created a new national debate on gun laws, leaving Americans polarized when it comes to discussing the right to bear arms. Texas is one of the few states that already has minimal restrictions when it comes to carrying a gun in public. On May 24, Republican lawmakers pushed through a bill retiring some of the few restrictions left.
The new bill allows Texans to carry a handgun in public without a license and does not require a background check or any type of training after purchasing a handgun. Anyone over the age of 21 will be legally allowed to “carry, possess, transport, or store a firearm or other weapon.” Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has already agreed to sign this bill into Texas law once it is approved.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas lawmakers approve letting people carry handguns without a license, background check or training.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 24, 2021
The imminent change in Texas law has sparked national public outrage, as law enforcement and gun control groups have expressed their objections due to the risk this law would pose to the public. The bill’s supporters claim that it allows private citizens to better defend themselves in life-threatening situations – while it supporters say it simply enshrines a conservative interpretation of the Constitution’s right to bear arms.
President Joe Biden, who promised to reduce gun violence and increase federal restrictions on firearms while in office, has repeatedly pressed Congress to enact new gun legislation.
It’s long past time we take action to end the scourge of gun violence in America.
As president, I’ll ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, implement universal background checks, and enact other common-sense reforms to end our gun violence epidemic.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 1, 2020
Texas, the second most populous state, already has over one and a half million licensed handgun carriers. This new bill, known as House Bill 1927 and commonly referred to as the “constitutional carry,” takes those “rights” to a new level.