Texas adopts permitless gun carry and loosens suppressor laws
Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed two laws this week that allow residents of the Lone Star State to carry handguns without a permit and relax the rules on silencers.
The Republican signed a permit-exempt wearing bill Wednesday after clearing the state Senate 18-13 and the House of Representatives 84-56 in early May. The law, which implements what is commonly referred to as "constitutional carry," allows Texans over 21 to carry their firearms unless they have a criminal record.
The second bill, which Abbott signed Tuesday, puts out silencers made in Texas, also known as silencers, under the National Firearms Act, a piece of law that in part requires gun owners to register NFA items, according to the state lawmaker's website Silencers and Short Barrel Rifles, with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, before paying a $ 200 tax.
The law gave the House of Representatives a 95:51 vote in early May and passed the Senate with a 22-9 vote.
CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY RELEASED TO SIGN THE TEXAS SENATE AS GOVERNOR
Both laws come into force on September 1st.
Abbott's signature on the constitutional carry proposal comes as no surprise given that the Republican governor had previously vowed to accept the legislation as soon as it landed on his desk.
"I support it and I believe it should get to my desk and we should have constitutional wear in Texas," he said on April 28th.
Questions were raised as the carry law found its way through state law after law enforcement groups flocked to oppose it.
"It makes our job, the job of our men and women, more dangerous," said Dallas Police Chief Garcia before the vote. "Gun owners have a responsibility to ensure that their firearms are handled safely and must be aware of applicable laws. The licensing process is the best way to ensure that this message is conveyed."
The U.S. Concealed Carry Association, one of the largest pro-Second Amendment groups in the country, praised Abbott.
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“We applaud Governor Abbott for taking this important step to recognize Texans' innate right to self-defense. Texas is now joining a growing number of states to uphold the constitutional rights of its citizens while understanding that responsibly armed citizens can make our communities safer, "USCCA President Tim Schmidt said in a statement. "Today the USCCA is dedicated to educating Americans about the safety of firearms and their constitutional right to carry a gun."
Texas joined 20 other states with similar laws, including Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Montana, New Hampshire, and North Dakota.
Abbott's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Washington Examiner.
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