Austin, Texas (AP) — Texas pistol owners publicly release their weapons under a bill that cleared a big vote against Democrats who opposed the relaxation of gun control after the 2019 shootings in El Paso. You no longer need a license or training to carry it on the ground. Walmart.
Texas has more than 1.6 million licensed pistol owners. However, breaking that required permit has long been the goal of gun-friendly Texas conservative activists. Where the National Rifle Association is currently reorganizing To avoid proceedings from New York State. It aims to close New York State on suspicion of financial abuse.
If approved, Texas will be by far the largest of the approximately 20 states that already allow pistol owners to carry their weapons in public without permission.
But the timing of Republican-led House passing the bill angered opponents who could tighten gun control after years of stagnant efforts. After the shooting of Wal-Mart, which killed 23 people It is declining. This was the first year since the attack, and a gun control bill was submitted, as Texas lawmakers did not meet in 2020.
“Even though I knew the political reality, I had hope,” said Democrat Joe Moody in El Paso. Burned in my heat. “
Republican Rep. Matt Schaefer, who is submitting the bill, repeatedly mentions a number of other states with similar laws during more than five hours of debate and strives for democratic efforts to derail or undermine the bill. Failed.
“It’s time to regain confidence in the law-abiding Texans,” Schaefer said.
The bill passed 84-56 primarily along the party’s line.
The bill has garnered opposition from Texas police chiefs and some firearms instructors who run licensed courses. Critics say there is a financial incentive to oppose the change. According to Schaeffer, getting a pistol license in Texas costs between $ 100 and $ 150, and applicants also need to have a criminal history and background check.
The bill is currently being submitted to the Senate, and the outlook is uncertain.Republican Governor Greg Abbott is silent in demands for gun control I didn’t mention El Paso’s shooting While presenting his legislative priorities in February.