Two controversial gun bills were signed Saturday by Gov. Greg Abbott. The governor signed the campus campus carry and open carry bills today at the Red’s Indoor Range in Pflugerville. Prior to the signing, 44 states in the union had some form of an open carry law on the books.
Texas lawmakers have approved licensed open carry of handguns on the streets of the nation’s second-most populous state.
Police groups were angered when the Senate added a provision barring officers from asking someone carrying a handgun if they’re licensed to carry.
The top two gun rights bills expected to shoot through the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature now need a final week push to become law.
The Senate passed House Bill 910; a major step toward allowing the licensed open carry of handguns. Currently, Texas is one of only six states with an outright ban on open carry.
The bill still needs a final House vote. That chamber has already passed a similar version.
This legislative session opened looking like it would be the most firearms-friendly in years; Republican Rep. Larry Phillips’ open carry bill will be considered Monday morning by the Senate State Affairs Committee.
Texas is closer to becoming the most populous state to allow licensed open carry of handguns after Republicans pushed through a key vote in the state House.
Texas moved closer Friday to becoming the most populous state to allow licensed open carry of handguns after Republicans pushed through a key vote in the state House.
Two of the Texas Legislature’s most-watched bills are scheduled for debate and likely passage once again, three days after a technicality temporarily derailed them.
The bill is headed back to committee to correct an error.
Democratic state lawmakers have used a technical objection to temporarily derail a high-profile push to overturn Texas’ post-Civil War ban on the open carry of handguns.