Texas just took another step towards allowing people to carry guns with no permit.
In a party line vote, the Texas House approved the measure which one member described as “common sense carry.”
Last week, Tennessee became the 20th state to allow concealed carry with no permit.
The Austin American-Statesman reports:
‘The bill should be called common sense carry’: Texas House backs no-permit gun carry legislation
The Texas House on Friday gave final approval to a measure that would allow carrying a handgun in Texas without a permit, a multiyear effort that never before had gotten a vote in the lower chamber.
The 87-58 vote, largely along party lines, followed brief debate on an amendment that requires property owners to give notice that weapons are prohibited. The amendment was adopted.
Morgan Meyer, R-Dallas, was the only Republican to vote against the bill. Angie Chen Button, R-Richardson, registered present but not voting. A preliminary count shows that at least six Democrats voted for the bill, while three were absent from the chamber.
The initial debate over House Bill 1927 dragged on for more than five hours Thursday, with Democrats attempting to tweak the bill through more than a dozen failed amendments and using parliamentary maneuvers sometimes used to kill a bill. At one point, gun control activists, overlooking lawmakers from the House gallery, were escorted out by law enforcement as they prayed and sang “Amazing Grace.”
This is great news.
🎉Texas House APPROVES NRA-Backed Constitutional Carry pic.twitter.com/WyevoGn3v9
— NRA (@NRA) April 15, 2021
Texas House Passes Bill Allowing Gun Owners To Carry Guns Without A Permit https://t.co/MxZU9UxxfC
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 16, 2021
Constitutional carry could soon be coming to Texas.
Now, how about refunding hard-working Texans' their licensing fees when they shouldn't have needed a permit from bureaucrats in the first place?https://t.co/KdSYQPf579
— Young Americans for Liberty (@YALiberty) April 16, 2021
Hopefully, other states will follow.