Texas Senate passes bill allowing permitless carry of firearms | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Texas Senate passes bill allowing permitless carry of firearms

The Texas Senate gave initial approval on a contentious bill to allow permitless carry of firearms in an 18-13 vote on Wednesday.

House Bill 1927 removes the licensing requirement for Texans to carry firearms if they are 21 or older “and not otherwise prohibited by state or federal law from possessing the firearm.”

“The premise of the bill is not about trying to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. This is about trying to reinstitute a constitutional right for law abiding citizens,” State Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, who is sponsoring the legislation in the Senate, said Wednesday.

“People who are prohibited from possessing a handgun will still be prohibited from possessing a handgun under this bill,” he said, noting that business owners and private property owners would still have the right to “exclude handguns on their property.”

State Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, said she thinks “gun-free zones are victim zones, and I don’t like them,” before stating her support for the bill.

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