The current licensing requirement to carry a handgun in Texas may soon be a thing of the past once the bill already approved by the Texas Senate reaches Governor Greg Abbotts desk. Abbott stated last week that he would sign the permitless carry bill into law when he was quoted by radio personality Rick Roberts, stating:
I support it, and I believe it should reach my desk, and we should have 'constitutional carry' in Texas,
Referencing a different bill: HB2622 which would make Texas a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary State, last week Governor Abbott stated:
Politicians from the federal level to the local level have shouted: "Heck yes, the government is coming to get your guns." Not in TX. TX MUST be a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary State — #HB2622 would make that happen. Thank you, @justinaholland, for your leadership in the #txlege.
What is it? House Bill 1927 — “Relating to provisions governing the carrying of a firearm by a person who is 21 years of age or older and not otherwise prohibited by state or federal law from possessing the firearm and to other provisions related to the carrying, possessing, transporting, or storing of a firearm or other weapon; creating criminal offenses.”
In layman’s terms, the current Texas state law which requires:
Applicants to submit fingerprints, complete four to six hours of training and pass a written exam and a shooting proficiency test to obtain a license to “open carry” a handgun will be no more. Currently, the state of Texas does not require a license to cary a rifle in public.
Gun rights activists and lobbyist have been pushing for “open carry” for years.
El Paso TX, is home to one of the worst mass shootings on record resulting in 23 lives lost on August, 3rd 2019 with another 23 injured.
One El Pasoan who found himself in the center of the debate regarding Texas gun laws is Representative Joe Moody (D) — Speaker Pro Tempore of the Texas House of Representatives. He has represented District 78 in El Paso, TX.
In the middle of last month while HB1927 was being debated in the Texas House, Rep. Moody gave an impassioned reminder of the day that would change El Pasoans forever.
After those shootings, there were roundtable discussions and stakeholder meetings and a lot of promises — and I was hopeful, members, even knowing the political realities, I was hopeful,” Moody said. “Members, I’m so tired of doing nothing. When are we going to do something?
Moody was joined by other delegates from El Paso, who also shared their support for his efforts.
Representative Mary Gonzalez stated:
Today, I stood behind my friend & colleague @moodyforelpaso
as he passionately reminded the chamber of the most devastating event in El Paso's history. We are failing the victims of the El Paso shooting every time we fail to pass common sense gun reform. #ElPasoStrong #txlege
Representative Art Fierro stated:
I stood along with the El Paso delegation as my dear friend and colleague @moodyforelpaso gave us all a reminder in the chamber about that day that changed El Paso forever. I want to thank him for his passion and leadership in protecting El Pasoans in the #txlege. #ElPasoStrong
Others echoed Moodys staments about inaction:
El Paso's Rep Joe @moodyforelpaso decrying the lack of action to prevent mass shootings while #txlege expands gun access. Says promises to victims families have been left unfulfilled. "April 15, 2021 is the day where we did nothing at all once again." #HB1927 #ElPasoStrong
What do you think about the Texas senate passing bill that allows the permitless carry of handguns?
Let me hear your thoughts, El Paso?