The 87th session of the Texas State Legislature has its good and its bad.
The good is that there are solid Constitutional Carry bills such as HB 1238 and HB 2900. The bad news is that House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee Chair James White moved several compromise carry bills — HB 1911 and HB 1927 — out of committee. These two bills are not good from a Constitutional Carry perspective.
A clean Constitutional Carry bill would not feature a confusing patchwork of carry restrictions that could have otherwise lawful Texans accidentally breaking the law by accidentally carrying in restricted areas. Ultimately, there should be no confusion about who is allowed to carry a firearm or the locations they can carry. At its core, Constitutional Carry simply states that if a lawful Texan can possess a handgun, they can carry it — be it open or concealed — without having to beg the government for a permission slip.
HB 1911 and HB 1927 simply don’t cut it as real Constitutional Carry bills. They hamstring military-aged men and single mothers between the ages of 18 and 20 from carrying a concealed handgun to defend themselves and their loved ones.
HB 1911 is a “permitless carry” bill that would allow individuals 21 years and older to carry a handgun if they’re eligible for licensed carry. Similarly, HB 1927 is another “permitless carry” bill, but with the caveat that it’s “tied to federal laws of handgun purchase instead of handgun possession." Furthermore, a license is still required for Campus Carry, which only applies to concealed carry on campus, under HB 1927.
In all honesty, this game the Texas political class plays session after session becomes tiresome. They’ll put forward watered down bills like HB 1911 and HB 1927, while real Constitutional Carry bills like HB 1238 and HB 2900 are ignored and held hostage by the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee. If past experience has taught us anything, these bills will just wither away in Committee.
The state of Iowa recently passed Constitutional Carry, making it the 19th Constitutional Carry state in the nation. Day after day, Texas continues to lag other red states on this crucial piece of Second Amendment legislation.
After years of the Austin Swamp derailing grassroots efforts to pass Constitutional Carry, Texas gun owners are becoming restless. Red-blooded Texans want real Constitutional Carry legislation in Texas, not watered-down compromise carry bills that the political class uses as a way to throw scraps at the grassroots.
If we want to make Constitutional Carry a reality, grassroots pressure will need to be applied on elected officials. In the case of clean Constitutional Carry, Texas gun owners must target Chairman James White and make him realize that the grassroots demand the passage of Constitutional Carry.
All Texans who desire to restore the Second Amendment in the Lone Star State, must call Chairman James White at (512) 463-0490 and politely insists that he IMMEDIATELY schedule a vote for HB 1238 & HB 2900.
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