The Texas Senate has advanced a bill that would allow Texans to carry a handgun without any form of license.
It could make Texas the largest state to allow permitless carry – what supporters refer to as “constitutional carry.”
The legislation passed the Senate by a vote of 18-13 along party lines and heads back to the House which already passed a similar bill, before heading to Governor Greg Abbott for his signature.
Abbott has already indicated he would sign the bill.
“I support it, and I believe it should reach my desk, and we should have ‘constitutional carry’ in Texas,” he said last week.
In essence, the legislation means people 21 and older would no longer be required to obtain a license to carry a handgun, take a safety course, or be subjected to a background check if they’re not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a gun.