Texas constitutional postponement draws closer to law
Constitutional Carry, also known as unlicensed porterage, is one step closer to the law in Texas. On Friday it was announced that an agreement was in place between the House and the Senate, but no details were released.
Before midnight Sunday, Texas House voted to approve the constitutional deferral deal in an 82-62 vote. The Senate would soon have voted on the bill. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has previously said he will sign the Constitutional Carry if the bill reaches his office.
The compromise made in conference between the members of the House and the Senate was to keep the amendments made by the Senate according to the Texas Tribune.
It keeps intact a number of changes the Senate made to the House bill to allay concerns in the law enforcement community, including removing a provision that would have prevented cops from questioning. someone relying solely on possession of a handgun. The compromise version also preserves a Senate amendment strengthening the criminal penalty for a felon caught in the act of a second degree felony with a minimum of five years in prison. Other Senate changes that survived were a requirement that the Texas Department of Public Safety offer a free online gun safety course.
If signed by the governor, this law would allow adults in Texas aged 21 and over, who are permitted to put down a firearm, to carry it without a permit. The transportation license would still be available in Texas. The legislation has been a priority for Republicans and gun rights advocates for years.
Texas will join 20 other states with some form of Constitutional Carry.