State Rep. Kyle Biedermann (R–Fredericksburg), a long-standing supporter of the Second Amendment, announced that he will be filing a bill for constitutional carry in Texas. We are delighted to be working with Biedermann to achieve this milestone in the Lone Star state.
It is unfortunate that, among other states, Texas still does not have constitutional carry. We are glad that the state representative has finally taken upon himself to put Texas at par with other states that recognize the need for residents to protect themselves without the burden imposed by the state.
Before Rep. Biedermann jumped to the stage, the GOP had been interested in passing this landmark legislation for years but failed to give serious consideration to the bill. During the 2019 legislative session, the bill was filed in the House but not in the senate. Additionally, it was denied a hearing after House Speaker Dennis Bonnen sent it to the House Committee led by State Rep. Poncho Nevarez (D- Eagle Pass).
The speaker lashed out at GOP legislators, calling them "fringe gun activists" for failing to address constitutional carry in Texas. Recently, GOP delegates voted to prioritize constitutional carry during the next legislative session, indicating a positive sign of progress.
Achieving this landmark goal will expand the rights of Texans by eliminating the need for permits and licensing.
Additionally, it will remove the expenses incurred in the form fees required to obtain the permits and licenses. The success of this measure will unburden lawful gun owners from impediments to exercising their Second Amendment rights.
Evidence from states with tougher licensing laws has proved that the licensing requirements do not make people safer. Additionally, states with constitutional carry such as Vermont have not experienced any problems with the arrangement. However, the state will maintain licensing options for reciprocity purposes.
"Our Constitution was written to ensure certain rights of all citizens. Everyone has the right to life and to protect that life from harm. No one should have to pay a fee or get permission from the government before being able to do so legally," Biedermann remarked. "I look forward to working with my colleagues to restore the rights of Texans."
State Reps. Jonathan Stickland (R–Bedford) and James White (R–Hillister) have championed for the constitutional carry in the past. With Rep. Stickland retiring from politics, Rep. Biedermann takes over the mantle of ensuring Texas enacts constitutional carry from 2021. We will support Rep. Biedermann in ensuring that Texans do not need a permit to exercise their God-given rights.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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