Open carry in Texas just got one step closer to reality today as the Texas Senate passed open carry legislation.
The Texas Senate just voted 20-11 to pass Senate Bill 17, which would make open carry of a handgun legal for certain citizens of the State of Texas.
As currently written, this legislation would allow everyone who has a Texas concealed handgun license to openly carry a handgun. This would be a major victory for gun rights supporters in Texas, which currently bans openly carrying a handgun, or even allowing a concealed handgun to “print.”
State Senator Joan Huffman (R-Houston) said of the bill:
I think what we’re talking about here are responsible citizens who are trained who have gone through a background check and we will expect them to act responsibly.
Four amendments were approved with the bill, which would delay implementation of the law until 2016, ban open carry on college campuses, and would require additional training for police officers and holders of concealed handgun permits.
At this time, the exact details of this required training are not clear.
A companion bill has been introduced in the Texas House, where it is expected to pass. Texas Governor Greg Abbot has also indicated that he supports the bill.
We’ll be sure to keep you posted on the progress of all open carry legislation in the State of Texas. Just remember: for the time being, open carry of a handgun is still illegal in Texas, so don’t start openly carrying your handgun just yet.
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