UPDATE: Texas Senate passes permitless carry bill, awaits House decision

Updated on Wednesday, May 5

By Megan Wehring

Texans are one step closer to carry handguns without a permit under a bill approved by the Senate on May 5.

With a 18-13 vote, senators passed HB 1927 on Wednesday that would allow eligible Texans to carry a gun on their person, in a holster, without a license from the state. Last week, the Senate Special Committee on Constitutional Issues approved HB 1927 with a 5-2 vote before it made its way to the Senate floor.

Texans are currently required to have a license to carry a handgun, concealed or openly. In order to obtain one, they must: be 21 years old, complete a safety course, pass a proficiency demonstration and pay a license fee.

HB 1927 is moving to the House with amendments. If the amendments are approved by the House, the bill will be sent to Gov. Greg Abbott. But if the amendments are not accepted, both chambers will meet in a conference committee for discussion.
Some of the amendments would prohibit carrying a handgun while intoxicated; create a free online firearm safety course; increase penalties for felons and those convicted of family violence offense who illegally carry a handgun; and designated areas including schools, polling places and hospitals can prohibit carrying handguns on the property. It would also prevent Texans from legally carrying a handgun if that person was convicted of crimes in the past five years such as terroristic threat, deadly conduct, assault that causes bodily injury and disorderly conduct with a firearm.

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Megan Wehring graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Wehring is nearing one year at the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch, covering all things local. This includes city council meetings, town events, education and human interest stories. Previously, Wehring worked at KTSW FM-89.9 (Texas State University's official radio station) for two consecutive years. She was a news reporter, assistant news director and monthly segment producer during her time at KTSW. Wehring is passionate about the local reporter aspect. With a heart for storytelling, she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are most important to the community.

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