TX Committee for Constitutional Carry Appointed, Leadership Confident

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U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- Texas Second Amendment supporters have been working hard to pass Constitutional Carry in Texas for several years. The leadership of the Texas Republicans has been hostile to the idea, even though Constitutional Carry was one of the top planks in the Texas Republican Party platform. Changes in leadership, by resignation or removal in primaries, made passage plausible in 2021.

A new Republican Party Chairman, Allen West, pushed hard for passage. Speaker of the House, Dade Phelan supported it. It passed the house, 84 to 56 in mid-April. Lt. Governor Dan Patrick (who controls the Texas Senate) and Governor Greg Abbot got on board. It passed the Senate, with all 18 Republicans voting for it. All 18 votes were needed, as required by the Texas Senate filibuster rule.

The price of some of those votes was in eight amendments, several of which were problematic.

On Wednesday, 12 May, the House rejected the amendments attached to HB1927 in the Senate and moved to send the bill to a conference committee to work out the differences.

Speaker of the House, Dade Phelan, immediately appointed five members of the House, including Representative Schaefer, the sponsor of the bill, and Representatives Burrows, Canales, Guillen and White.

On 13 May, in the afternoon, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick appointed five members of the Senate to the Conference Committee. They are Senators Schertner, Birdwell, Campbell, Creighton, and Hughes.

The members of the Conference Committee all voted for HB1927. This shows both Speaker of the House Dade Phelan and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, who runs the Texas Senate, are serious about passing HB1927 and getting it to Governor Greg Abbott, to sign into law, this session.

It may be that only 16 votes will be needed in the Senate to pass a bill from the Conference Committee. Perhaps a reader who is intimately familiar with Texas legislative procedure can enlighten us on that point.

There is not much time left in the Texas legislative session this year. The Session ends at midnight on 31 May. There are legislative procedures and schedules to follow.

Both Speaker Phelan and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick expressed confidence they could get the bill to Governor Abbott to sign. Dade Phelan Tweeted:

Texas is on the cusp of a watershed victory for #2A.@DanPatrickTX and I are energized and optimistic that the House and Senate we will get HB 1927 done and to@GregAbbott_TX very soon. #txlege

If HB1927 becomes law, Texas will be the 21st member of the modern Constitutional Carry club. 
Louisiana recently passed a Constitutional Carry bill with large majorities, but Governor Bel Edwards has threatened to veto it.
The States which currently have Constitutional Carry (the Tennessee law goes into effect on 1 July) are: 
Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi  Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
If Texas restores Constitutional Carry, which was taken from Texas in 1869, under Reconstruction, five states will have joined the Constitutional Carry club in 2021. 
The lack of any measurable increase in violent crime in the States which have had long experience with Constitutional Carry has been a powerful argument for passage of Constitutional Carry bills
 

The theory that people carrying weapons in their ordinary activities fosters crime has been discredited. 

Much of the progress in 2021can be attributed to fear of the Biden regime, which has been openly hostile to the right to keep and bear arms. State legislatures are reacting to protect the rights of their citizens.

About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

Dean Weingarten

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Dee
Dee (@dee45)
6 months ago

Republicans spend all this time trying to “fix” the bill to fit a certain group of people instead of just passing the damn bill. Sad. There are already laws on the table that take care of those problems!! Why include those again in this bill?!?! Because they still want to control who has the right to constitutional carry!!! All the crap that Abbott and Patrick is doing in Texas is screwing Texans royally. I thought I’ll never say this….I wish G. Bush or even Perry was back on office. Abbott is a puppet of the far-right without a backbone and… Read more »

Roland T. Gunner
Roland T. Gunner
6 months ago
Reply to  Dee

You had me, right up to “puppet of the far right”. Both our governor and lieutenant governor are politicians first, moderate conservatives second. It takes way too much energy and political pressure to get them to stop testing the wind and get off the fence, and take a truly conservative, if reluctant, position on anything. Last few weeks, its Constitutional Carry. Before that, making ERCOT pay for winterizing the power grid, like they were supposed to be doing all along. Before that, imposing the stupid, overreaching and unconstitutional mask mandate.

Stag
Stag (@eriggle83)
6 months ago

Republicans have killed constitutional carry every legislative session it has been introduced. They let the two bills closest to constitutional carry die in committee while sending two compromised carry bills through to be voted on. The house passed one and the senate Republicans effectively killed it by adding these trash amendments. At this point the bill either needs to be returned to original by the committee and returned for another vote or just put out of its misery. Texas Republicans have once again screwed Texans and proven they don’t care about the 2A.

Roland T. Gunner
Roland T. Gunner
6 months ago
Reply to  Stag

Yup. They know whats best for us.

GomeznSA
GomeznSA (@gomeznsa)
6 months ago
Reply to  Stag

Stag – it wasn’t “Republicans” who killed permitless carry – it was TWO specific rinos who did it – that would be straus (twice at least) and then bonen. Why they did so is a ‘mystery’ to most of us.
My concern is that some of those proposed ‘amendments’ were added specifically as poison pills. In another article about the issue there was commentary that (essentially) a law has to pass or fail on its own merits. IOW there should not have been ‘amendments’ added to a workable bill.

brickjensen
brickjensen (@demseatdick)
6 months ago

Not correct. They’re looking to ammend it all the way down to just ridding the fees for a carry license. That IS NOT CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY. IT’S COMPROMISING THE RIGHTS UNDER THE SECOND. THE 2ND IS STILL BEING INFRINGED EVEN IF PASSED. Cowards that will be voted out once the elections hit.