The Texas Senate has now approved a GOP-led effort to enable citizens of the state to carry handguns without needing any kind of license. In other words, they are upholding the Second Amendment and its original intent.
The passing of the bill was considered to be the largest hurdle in the way of seeing this legislation become actual law. The Senate actually passed the measure in a vote 18-3.
The Texas House has already passed a similar measure. It now will go to a conference committee made up of members from both chambers to resolve any differences in the bills. The Tribune pointed out that Gov. Greg Abbott has already said he will sign the “permitless” carry bill into law.
The measure would allow those 21 and older who can already legally own a gun to carry a handgun in public without a license, safety course, and background check now spelled out under a current law, The Hill said.
Texas has more than 1.6 million handgun license holders under a law first passed in 1995, according to The Associated Press. The state doesn’t require a license to carry long guns in public, and eliminating the license for handguns has long been a goal of hardcore gun activists. After years of being mostly ignored, they seized on a change of leadership in the Texas House to press forward.
This is the way the Second Amendment was always meant to be interpreted. We do not need permits or licenses to carry firearms. Our Constitution provides protection for the God-given right of self-defense.
We are to have the means necessary to protect our families, our own lives, and our property from tyrannical government and evil people who want to take what doesn’t belong to them from those who earned what they have.
This is why a bill like this is so important. Here’s to hoping we see more like it in the rest of the country.