Texas residents are one step closer to being able to legally carry firearms without having to obtain a license.
On Wednesday, the Texas Senate passed House Bill 1927 (18-13), which allows people 21 and older to carry a gun openly or concealed in public.
Sen. Charles Schwertner (R), a sponsor of the bill, said the US Constitution would now be Texas’ permit to carry a gun.
“HB 1927 would recognize the United States Constitution as our permit to carry and allow all law-abiding adults, aged 21 years or older, to carry a handgun for the protection of themselves or their families, in public places, in a holster, without the requirement of a state-issued license.”
“People who are prohibited from possessing a handgun will still be prohibited from possessing a handgun under this bill,” he added. “Nothing in this bill regarding possession is changed.”
Next, the bill goes back to the House where they’ll review changes made by the Senate level before heading to the desk of Gov. Greg Abbott (R), who has vowed to sign the bill eager for Texas to join 20 other states already allowing “constitutional carry.”