Texans can carry guns without a license or training starting in September. Greg Abbott signed the permit free transportation bill Wednesday. The new law will take effect in September. Section 46.02 of the Texas Penal Code requires that a gun be carried in a holster, but does not provide a definition of the word holster.
Texas requires handgun license applicants to obtain evidence of firearm proficiency as a prerequisite for obtaining a license. HB 1927, which removed the requirement to have a license to carry a handgun, did not remove these restrictions. That page also lists every proclamation made by the Governor that licenses issued by another state are recognized in Texas. The states with which Texas has entered into handgun license reciprocity agreements are listed on the Concealed Gun License Reciprocity page of the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Like anyone who wants to own a gun in Texas, they must be at least 21 years old and cannot have served a sentence for a felony or family violence in the past five years. Texas law gives most private owners the power to choose whether they want to allow guns on their property or not. Texas law requires the Department to disclose to any criminal justice agency the information contained in its files and records regarding whether a specific person is licensed to carry a concealed weapon in Texas. Dan Patrick and other Republicans who initially failed to commit to the bill came under immense political pressure this session from conservatives and gun rights advocates, who have long lobbied the Texas Legislature to take them without permission, but historically they fought to gain support.
Greg Abbott for creating chaos in the state and urged Texans to participate in the upcoming elections in November. That includes college campuses and government meetings, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety, along with any private company that decides to ban the carrying of weapons without a license, and has room for more no-gun signs. A new state law will soon allow most Texans to carry handguns in public without training or having to obtain permits. Proponents of what Republicans call “constitutional carry” argued that Texas should follow the example of at least 20 other states with similar laws on the books.
Lawrence, also president of trustees of the Texas Fraternal Order of Police, said part of the reason the bill received support was due to increased crime rates last year, leading Texans to fear that law enforcement would not be able to protect them.