2nd Amendment Victories – The Texas Two-Fer

Texas passed two 2nd amendment victories on Monday: Constitutional Carry and the 2nd Amendment Sanctuary Bill. Governor Greg Abbott has promised to sign them. (Bearing Arms)

2nd Amendment victories

A measure long sought by conservative activists allowing Texans to carry handguns without a license is on the cusp of becoming law after the Texas Senate approved a compromise on the bill Monday, sending it to Gov. Greg Abbott

Just before midnight Sunday, the House approved the dealhashed out behind closed doors, in an 82-62 vote. The Senate approved the deal Monday in a 17-13 vote.

“This is a simple restoration of Texans’ constitutional right under the Second Amendment, a right of the people to keep and bear arms,” the Senate sponsor, Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, said on the floor Monday. “I think it is a bill that is the strongest bill I’ve seen in my legislative career regarding the rights of our Second Amendment.”

House Bill 1927 would nix the requirement for Texas residents to obtain a license to carry handguns if they’re not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a gun.

The compromise keeps intact a number of changes the Senate made to the House bill to assuage concerns from the law enforcement community, including striking a provision that would have barred officers from questioning people based only on their possession of a handgun.

The deal also preserves a Senate amendment enhancing the criminal penalties for felons and family violence offenders caught carrying. Among other Senate changes that survived was a requirement that the Texas Department of Public Safety offer a free online course on gun safety.

Texas Tribune

Gun control advocates are complaining that the law will put Texans at “risk” and claim that now there will be more “mass shootings.” There are 20 states now with Constitutional Carry. Texas will be a welcome addition. The state has always been a gun loving, hard fighting bunch. Now they just won’t have to have a piece of paper from the government to prove it. And having the entire state take a stand on gun rights is worthy of the statement, “Don’t mess with Texas!”

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