The Texas legislature has passed a permit-less gun carry law. Who thought this up? The only good news about this for the rest of the country is that these permit-less gun-toting Texans probably can’t bring their guns into other states because they have NO GUN PERMIT! Another tidbit of good news is that guns remain prohibited in Texas schools, courthouses, and bars.
Who thought this up: According to Rep. Matt Shaefer who introduced the bill in the Texas House, “the ordinary citizen is the first responder” and the ability to defend oneself is a “God-given right.” In keeping with Shaefer’s wishes, the bill was not amended before it finally passed.
The Firearm Carry Act of 2021, allows a person 21 years or older to carry a handgun either concealed or in a holster. Schaefer clarified that the bill only applies to handguns, not AR-15s, or rifles. “I think it is a bill that is the strongest bill I’ve seen in my legislative career regarding the rights of our Second Amendment,” Republican Senate sponsor Charles Schwertner said.
The major problem with the new law – it passed the Senate 17 to 13, before Governor Abbott signed it into law – is that no permit means no gun use or safety training, either.
4 Replies to “Permitless Carry: A Not So Stellar Idea”
I believe that law enforcement officials across TX testified against this horrid new law because it endangers so many people, including police. “First responders” does not mean untrained shooters. Like you, I am appalled by the issue and the Republican legislators of TX.
Who ever thought of Permitless Carry was selfish and inconsiderate of others. I think beyond myself and my family because of all the innocent people who will be harmed by such a nonsensical law. I see black people being killed.
A few years ago, I had a one month assignment in Houston. I love going out and never have had a problem going out alone. When I heard people were able to tote guns back then, I was nervous and seriously curtailed my activities.
I envisioned being approached by a prejudice person who wanted to run game on me, perhaps over time, and I end up dead because I trusted. I love people but the hatred seed is rooted so deep that I’m always on my guard,
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This is a horribly dangerous situation. Thanks for keeping it in front of the public.
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Thanks, Diane, for your supportive comment!