A Texas lawmaker filed a bill granting law-abiding citizens the right to carry firearms without government-mandated permits. State Representative Kyle Biedermann (R – Fredericksburg) filed House Bill 1238, also known as the Personal Protection & Safety Act governing the process of carrying, possessing, transporting, or storing of a firearm by non-prohibited persons.
The measure, popularly known as Constitutional Carry, received Texas Governor Greg Abbott's support. On June 14, 2019, Gov. Abbott signed House Bill 1177, a watered-down version of the constitutional carry bill, lifting restrictions on permitless open carry of handguns during evacuations.
Lone Star Gun Rights is directly working with Rep. Biedermann in lobbying for the bill's passage. Although Texas is decades late, we still have a good chance of enacting this crucial bill that would improve the safety of millions of law-abiding Texans.
We will fight tooth and nail to ensure the bill becomes the law during the 87th legislative session. Passing a constitutional carry bill would be a strong message to the new anti-gun regime planning to impose universal background checks and blocking many deserving citizens from exercising their constitutional rights.
While filing the bill, Biedermann stated that "self-defense is a fundamental right of all human beings" who shouldn't rely on the government to access that right. Biedermann also noted that crime was rising in Texas while the current political climate made "personal safety a serious concern for Texans."
"Talks to defund the police and rioting around the country all point to the need for Texans to have every ability to protect themselves and their families," Rep. Biedermann said. "Forcing our citizens to ask the government for permission to exercise this right reduces its status to a privilege, and then making us pay for it adds insult to injury."
The City of Austin, one of the crime hotspots, voted to cut the police budget from $434.5 million to $292.9 million in 2020, defunding the police by $142 million or 32.6%. Gov. Abbott said the move "puts the brave men and women of the Austin Police Department and their families at greater risk."
Residents will bear the biggest brunt when the budget shortfall begins to bite and police response time is affected. Consequently, allowing law-abiding Texans to arm themselves at will is the most natural thing to do.
Biedermann indicated that the bill would complement the second amendment sanctuary state bills HB 112 and HB 919 filed by Reps. Steve Toth (R-The Woodlands) and Rep. Ben Leman (R-Anderson), respectively. The legislator noted that more than 70 counties have already declared themselves second amendment sanctuaries in Texas.
The constitutional carry bill would also be the antidote for various anti-gun bills filed by Texas Democrats, including a proposed modification of the Castle Doctrine to introduce the "duty to retreat" for gun owners when attacked by criminals, thus essentially repealing the provision.
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