A public hearing is scheduled today at the Texas State Capitol on two proposed bills that would include one which would allow adults to carry handguns without a license.
House Bill 375, also known as the Constitutional Carry Act of 2017 was proposed by Rep. Jonathan Stickland from Bedford, TX.
Stickland is not alone among lawmakers wanting to make handguns easier for Texans to obtain and purchase. Within the first month of bill filing for the 2017 legislative session, state Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, and state Rep. Dustin Burrows, R-Lubbock, each filed bills that would eliminate any fees needed to obtain a license to carry. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has also stated in a news release in November of 2016 that he strongly supports Nichols’ legislation.
The advocacy group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America has called House Bill 375 “dangerous” and argued in a social media post that it would “essentially dismantle our existing permitting system for people that choose to carry loaded handguns – openly or concealed – in public places.”
Ten other states — Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming — have identical laws in place and recently the legislatures in New Hampshire and North Dakota passed similar bills.
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