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Permitless carry Bill officially heads to Abbott

todayMay 24, 2021

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The Texas House approved an agreement between House and Senate negotiators on HB 1927 that allows Texans over the age of 21 to carry a firearm without any licensing or training. The Senate followed suit Monday afternoon, sending the legislation to Gov. Abbott’s desk.

Under the legislation, individuals with a misdemeanor or felony conviction for unlawfully carrying a firearm would have those convictions expunged from their record. Someone convicted for felony unlawful carrying of a weapon would be able to own a firearm again once their conviction is expunged.

Since the House and Senate approved different versions of the permitless carry legislation, a conference committee was appointed to work out an agreement. In the agreed-upon version, a peace officer could disarm a person any time they believe it is necessary for safety reasons, a provision called for by law enforcement advocates.

Under current state law, applicants must submit fingerprints, complete up to six hours of training and pass a shooting proficiency test. Texas does not require a license to openly carry a rifle in public.

Abbott has gone on record saying he would sign the permitless carry proposal into law.


Written by: Michelle Layton

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