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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – 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.

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The measure had been poised for House approval Tuesday.

Since a similar measure already cleared the Senate, it would have been an important step toward making Texas the nation’s largest state to legalize wearing weapons in plain sight.

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But San Antonio Democratic Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer objected, citing House rules. The bill was suspended on a technicality.

Despite its gun-loving reputation, Texas is just one of six states that don’t already allow license holders to carry guns — either holstered on hips or otherwise visible.

The issue will soon make its way back to the House floor, but the timing wasn’t immediately clear.

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