Texas House Approves No-Permit Gun Carry Legislation In Party Line Vote

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.

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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.

Hopefully, other states will follow.

 

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