The governor of Texas signed a law that allowed concealed handguns to be carried without a license in public.
The Texas governor has signed into law a bill that allows people to be brought in hidden guns without any permission, joining 20 other states that already have these measures.
Republican Gov. Greg Abbott promoted the law as part of a package that said it turns Texas into a “second-amendment sanctuary” where federal gun restrictions will not apply.
Abbott held a ceremonial signing at The Alamo in San Antonio on Thursday, but had already signed the law Wednesday, according to the Texas legislature’s website, the Texas Tribune first reported.
The law comes into force on September 1st.
“It could be said that today I signed some laws that protect the rights of weapons, but today I signed documents that instill freedom in the Lone Star State,” Abbott said at Thursday’s bill signing act. .
“Those who believe in and support the rights of the Second Amendment, we support the right of all law-abiding Americans to have a weapon to defend themselves,” he added. Among those who joined Abbott at Thursday’s ceremony was National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre.
– NRA (@NRA) June 17, 2021
Texas law is the latest in a statewide back-and-forth battle between supporters stricter weapons laws and those who want to remove most barriers to having weapons.
Gun violence killed 38,707 people in the United States in 2019, the most recent year for comprehensive statistics, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), much higher than any other developed nation.
Representative Matt Schaefer, a Republican who was the author of the bill, which gun advocates call the law of “constitutionality,” said in a written statement that the law defends the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. US, which protects the right to bear arms and restores all the rights of law-abiding Texans to bear arms.
Kevin Lawrence, executive director of the Texas Municipal Police Association, the largest group representing state officers, said the law will place a huge burden on police on the street.
“We opposed this bill from the outset,” Lawrence said.
He noted that while the new law adds to the list of people who are prohibited from carrying a weapon, it will now be the responsibility of police officers to find out if a person is prohibited from carrying a weapon.
“We moved the load to the street cops and made it much harder for them,” Lawrence said.
He added that police greatly preferred an administrative verification process that determines who can carry a weapon, “rather than a police officer having to find out at three in the morning on the south side of Lubbock.”
Previously, if a Texas person wanted to carry a concealed weapon, he or she had to go through a background check and undergo four to six hours of training on gun laws, escalating conflict, and fire training, before obtaining a license. .
Everytown for Gun Safety, an advocacy group working for stricter gun regulation in the United States, harshly criticized the bill, saying it would add to the number of gun deaths in Texas.
In the governor’s mansion with others @MomsDemand volunteers to leave @GovAbbott you know #AbbottFailedTexas while he is in the Alamo signing a transport bill without permission. From 9/1, people can carry firearms without background or training. #TXLege pic.twitter.com/CYnrhFHCe7
– Marissa’s Votes (@mlcg_tweet) June 17, 2021
The group, which spends millions of dollars on political races across the country, pledged to target Texas politicians who supported the measure.