Texas permitless carry bill heads to Abbott’s desk

By Megan Wehring 

Texas is one step closer to becoming one of nearly 20 states to allow residents to carry firearms in public without a permit. 

Before midnight on Sunday, the Texas House approved House Bill 1927 with an 82-62 vote and the Senate approved the bill with a 17-3 vote later on Monday. The legislation is now headed to Gov. Greg Abbott who has said he would sign it into law. 

HB 1927 would allow eligible Texans 21 years or older to carry a firearm in public without needing to acquire a license.

Police officers would be allowed to disarm a person, according to the legislation amendments, if they believe it is necessary to protect the person, an officer or another individual. The gun can be returned if there is no threat. The bill would also increase penalties for felons and family violence offenders caught carrying a gun. 

If signed into law, HB 1927 would take effect in September. 

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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 has reported for the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch for a year, 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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