The governor of Texas has signed a bill that allows unlicensed, concealed firearms to be distributed to the public.
The governor of Texas has signed a law that allows people to move hidden guns without any permission, joining 20 other states that already have such events.
Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has touted the bill as part of a package he says will turn Texas into a “Second Amendment sanctuary” where any new federal gun restrictions will not apply.
Abbott signed the bill in The Alamo in San Antonio on Thursday, but had already signed the bill Wednesday, according to the Texas Legislature website, as first reported by the Texas Tribune.
The law enters into force on September 1.
“It could be said that I signed some gun laws today, but today I signed documents that promote freedom in the Lone Star State,” Abbott said at the bill’s signing ceremony on Thursday.
“Those who believe in and support the rights of the Second Amendment, we advocate for every law-abiding American to have the right to bear arms to defend themselves,” he added. Among those who joined Abbott on Thursday was Wayne Lapierre, chief executive of the National Rifle Association.
REAK APET NEWS. @GovAbbott signed the NRA-supported constitutional law, which is being enforced today by law enforcement, alongside Lieutenant Colonel Governor. @DanPatrick:, Speaker @DadePhelan: RA NRA Director General Wayne Lapierre. pic.twitter.com/MIrRdT5MUs:
– NRA (@NRA) June 17, 2021
The Texas law is the latest in a series of state-level fights backing those who support stricter gun laws և Those who want to remove most of the barriers to carrying weapons.
In 2019, 38 707 people were killed in gun violence in the United States, which is the latest statistics, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), much higher than any other developed nation.
The author of the bill, Republican Matt Schaefer, who calls gun advocates a “constitutional law”, said in a written statement that the law protects the second amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects the right to bear arms, restores all rights of law-abiding Texas gunmen. :
Kevin Lawrence, the state’s largest officer corps, executive director of the Texas Municipal Police Association, said the law would be a huge burden on street police.
“We were against everything on this bill,” Lawrence said.
He noted that although the new law adds to the list of people who are prohibited from carrying weapons, it is now the responsibility of the beaten police officers to find out whether a person is prohibited from carrying a weapon.
“We have shifted the burden to the police on the street, making it more difficult for them,” Lawrence said.
He added that the police prefer an administrative check-up process to decide who can carry a weapon, “rather than the police having to find out at 3 a.m. on the south side of Lobok.”
In the past, if anyone in Texas wanted to carry a hidden weapon, they had to go through a background check, firearms law, conflict resolution, fire training, for four to six hours before getting a license.
The Everytown for Gun Safety advocacy group, which works for stricter gun regulations in the United States, has sharply criticized the bill, saying it would increase gun deaths in Texas.
At the governor’s private house with others @MomsDemand: let the volunteers @GovAbbott I know that # AbbottFailedTexas While he was at Alamo, he signed a bill on inadmissible transportation. People starting from 9/1 can carry weapons without background check-up or training. # TXLege: pic.twitter.com/CYnrhFHCe7:
– Marissa Votes (@mlcg_tweet) June 17, 2021
The group, which spends millions of dollars on political tribes across the country, has promised to target politicians who support the event.