Because Texas has transportation without a permit, anyone 21 years of age or older who can legally possess a firearm under Texas federal and state law can carry a concealed firearm on their person without a license or permit. The new law will take effect in September. Texans can carry guns without a license or training starting in September. Greg Abbott signed the permit free transportation bill Wednesday.
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. But some Texas law enforcement officials fear that removing restrictions on carrying guns could increase crime rates and endanger officers and residents. House Bill 1927 removes the requirement for Texas residents to obtain a license to carry. handguns if state or federal law does not prohibit them from possessing a gun.
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. Currently, Texans are required to have a license to carry guns, regardless of whether they are open or hidden. When you purchase a gun from a licensed dealer, you must go through a background check, although that is not required for private gun sales 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.
Conservative activists have long lobbied for a permitless transportation law in Texas, but such measures had little force in the previous three legislative sessions. For Charles Cotton, first vice president of the National Rifle Association, who lobbied for it to be loaded without a permit in Texas and other states, those fears are exaggerated. Texas law gives most private owners the power to choose whether they want to allow guns on their property or not. Among other Senate changes that were incorporated into the law was the requirement that the Texas Department of Public Safety offer a free online course on firearm safety.
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. 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. Before the Permissionless Carrying Act was signed, Texans generally needed a license to carry firearms openly or concealed. A new state law will soon allow most Texans to carry handguns in public without training or having to obtain permits.
Nearly six out of 10 Texas voters surveyed by the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune in April opposed permissionless hauling.