Texas: Permitless Carry Scheduled for House Consideration on Thursday!

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House Bill 1927, by Rep. Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler), an NRA-backed permitless carry proposal that would allow law-abiding citizens to carry a handgun without a state-issued License to Carry. IMG NRA-ILA

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- House Bill 1927by Rep. Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler), an NRA-backed permitless carry proposal that would allow law-abiding citizens to carry a handgun without a state-issued License To Carry (LTC), will be debated by the full Texas House on Thursday!  This is the first time a permitless carry bill has made it to the House floor for consideration.  It’s time for Texas to join the 20 other states that have legalized this personal protection option! 

Please contact your State Representatives and urge them to VOTE YES on HB 1927, and to follow the author on votes on amendments.  The existing LTC law would not be repealed under this measure.  Criminals who are prohibited from possessing firearms (i.e., felons, fugitives from justice, domestic abusers) and individuals committed by the courts for mental illness, would still be barred from carrying guns.  This legislation would not prevent the enforcement of any laws broken by criminals who misuse firearms.

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On Thursday, House Bill 1500, by Rep. Cole Hefner (R-Mount Pleasant), will also be debated on the House floor.  Please contact your State Representatives and urge them to support HB 1500.  This bill establishes that firearm and ammunition manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, suppliers, and retailers are essential businesses that shall not be prohibited by state or local officials from operating during a declared disaster or emergency.  This bill ensures that law-abiding Texans can exercise their constitutional right to purchase and own firearms during future disasters or emergencies, regardless of any statewide or local officeholder’s personal politics. ​


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Stag
Stag
23 days ago

Republicans have screwed us once again on constitutional carry in Texas. There were two constitutional carry bills introduced as well as two compromised carry bills. Guess which ones made it out of committee.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
23 days ago
Reply to  Stag

It would be great if someone interviewed the Repubicans who voted against the true constitutional carry bill and asked them if law enforcement lobbying influenced their decision.

Dee
Dee
23 days ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

I live here in Texas and apparently the Fraternal Order of Police constantly opposes Constitutional Carry. It’s just another way to to permit minorities from carrying.

https://www.instagram.com/tv/CM0O74fpsum/?igshid=u96e7fx9x6dp

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
23 days ago
Reply to  Dee

I assume you meant “prohibit,” not “permit.”

I don’t know, maybe.

I know there are LEOs in jurisdictions that are more than 96% White who don’t like non-LEOs walking around with firearms.

Dee
Dee
23 days ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

Yes you right but I think I was typing “prevent” but “prohibit” was too.

Stag
Stag
23 days ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

What really irks me is Felisha Bull, who is the Deputy Director for GOA in Texas, has been tweeting about this like it’s a good thing. I had a conversation with her yesterday about this trash bill being compromised carry. I’m disappointed that the organization who calls itself the “no compromise gun lobby” is advocating for this legislation instead of the two true constitutional carry bills.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
23 days ago
Reply to  Stag

She thought the watered-down bill was a good thing?

Do you mind giving a couple examples of defects in the bill that was advanced and how she described that as a good outcome?

I’m not doubting you – just curious.

Stag
Stag
23 days ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

Here is the link to our exchange. I’m Heath E. Riggle on there. Let me know if you can’t access it and I’ll give you a rundown.

https://twitter.com/FelishaABull/status/1382035571791564800?s=19

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
23 days ago
Reply to  Stag

I dug around a bit and didn’t see it. Can you describe maybe a couple of the biggest disappointments and why she was ok with them? It might help with some kind-of-related things I’m working on.

Stag
Stag
23 days ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

Sure. Here’s a good article by Lone Star Gun Rights.

https://www.lsgr.live/post/texans-cannot-afford-to-settle-for-compromise-carry

I just heard HB 1927 passed in the house.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
23 days ago
Reply to  Stag

Thanks – that was helpful.

Stag
Stag
23 days ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

Even the legislators cheering this on are calling it “permitless carry”. They’re fully aware it’s not constitutional. Meanwhile, Felisha from GOA on Twitter right now saying constitutional carry just passed the house. It’s infuriating. I’m so sick of Texas Republicans giving our rights back a crumb at a time and acting like they’re some big 2A freedom fighters.

Stag
Stag
23 days ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

So HB1238 and HB2900 not only removed the licensing requirement but also reduced the penalties for “unlawful carry of a weapon” from a class A misdemeanor to a class C making it essential the same as a speeding ticket. These were the two bills closest to true constitutional carry and they were left to die in committee. HB1911 tied the right to carry with Texas’ license to carry requirements which barred people with class A & B misdemeanors on their record from exercising their rights. Meaning you no longer need to buy the license in order to carry as long… Read more »

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
23 days ago
Reply to  Stag

Interesting.

Did either HB1238 or HB2900 allow for out-of-state US citizens to carry without permit?

Wyoming just removed state residency requirements:

https://www.wyoleg.gov/Legislation/2021/HB0116

Stag
Stag
23 days ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

Fortunately, Texas has never had residency requirements and those bills would not have enacted them. I have a permit from Arizona because they were much easier and cheaper to get than the Texas permit. The stipulations and hoops to jump through in Texas are ridiculous. They take forever to process the application as well. I did my Arizona permit completely online and literally saved HUNDREDS of dollars after factoring in the cost of the Texas permit itself, ammo, fingerprints, photos, the class, and time.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
23 days ago
Reply to  Stag

There is so much legislative work that should be coordinated between like-minded people in different states. Not doing that results in lots of extra work and bad outcomes. The most glaring example I have seen is “2nd Amendment Preservation Act” legisation. I believe the person who sponsored it in WY is genuinely a Pro 2nd Amendment person and he had the best of intentions. However, as he read the bill to the Senate Judiciary Committee, he advised the other state senators that they should consider not only the bill, but an amendment that he had not yet had the opportunity… Read more »

Dee
Dee
22 days ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

Well Will it hasn’t passed just yet. Just the first hurdle. The Bill is actually still in the House but it appears that it will make it to the senate but chances are much bleaker there but keep your fingers cross.

https://fox4news.com/news/texas-house-gives-initial-approval-to-constitutional-carry-would-allow-gun-carrying-without-permit

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
22 days ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

Will -4/16/21
 
“Here is some depressing news for you! TEXAS HOUSE PASSES CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY BILL TODAY 84-56! It’s about damn time too!”

Response to Will:

When you were a LEO, would you say you were fairly typical?

The only thing disappointing about the house deliberations/vote was that they chose to advance HB1927 instead of HB1238 or HB2900. Too bad LEOs lobbied against the better constitutional carry bills.

Ryben Flynn
Ryben Flynn
23 days ago

South Carolina has both Open Carry with the State CWP and Constitutional Carry or no permit carry in the Legislature this session.

hippybiker
hippybiker
23 days ago

Excellent! It’s nice to see the Dominoes start to fall!