On Tuesday Texas Gov. Greg Abbott stated he would sign legislation that is working its way through the Texas legislature that will allow for anyone who can legally buy a handgun in Texas to openly carry it or carry it concealed. This is often called ‘Constitutional Carry’ by many supporters. “I support it, and I believe it should reach my desk, and we should have ‘constitutional carry’ in Texas Abbott said in remarks with radio host Rick Roberts.
In the bill’s current form that was recently passed by the Texas House, it will allow Texas resident who can legally buy a handgun to carry it openly or concealed without having to pay and obtain a special concealed carry license, which, at present, is the only way a person can cary a handgun openly or concealed on their body in Texas. Long guns such as rifles are already allowed to be carried openly without any additional permits or licenses in Texas.
Abbott said, “I believe it is making progress, once the Senate passes it out, the House and Senate will convene and out out any differences and get it to my desk, and I’ll be signing it.” Most think the bill will pass the Senate as well, but with modifications which making its passage more difficult and will take longer.