AUSTIN, Texas — For the first time since the Texas House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow Texans to carry a handgun without a permit, Gov. Greg Abbott addressed the issue and bill, though mostly avoided providing a clear answer as to whether or not he's in support of this push.
After early voting Tuesday morning, Abbott was asked how he felt about HB 1927 making it out of the House and into the Senate. If passed, this bill will allow Texans 21-years-old and older to carry a handgun without a permit, unless they are prohibited by state or federal law.
Currently, you must have a license to carry a handgun, which requires training, passing tests, and submitting finger prints for criminal background checks.
The governor turned the attention away from the issue of so-called "constitutional carry," instead focusing on the emergency items he has laid out, which include punishing cities that "defund the police," expanding broadband access, instituting bail reform, tightening election security, and protecting businesses that operated during the COVID-19 pandemic from lawsuits.