There is a movement in the Texas State Legislature is aiming to make it easier to obtain a Texas license to carry a handgun. House Bills 1911 and 375, proposed by the gun lobby, seek to dismantle Texas’ laws regarding obtaining a permit for carrying a loaded handgun in public. Conceivably, the aforementioned bills would streamline the process, essentially making it easy for potentially dangerous people, (that is, violent criminals) to carry loaded handguns in public places. These proposed laws would also allow people to carry loaded handguns in public places with limited or no training in firearm safety.
THE CURRENT LAW REGARDING TEXAS LICENSE TO CARRY
Under the current state law a person seeking to carry a loaded handgun in public must first obtain a license to carry. To qualify for a license to carry an applicant must be at least twenty-one years of age and have no recent convictions for certain violent crimes or narcotic addictions. Applicants must also complete classroom and live-fire training. Although gun violence remains at high levels in Texas relative to other states the license to carry system works as an important measure to help keep the law abiding citizens of Texas safe. This is especially true for the men and women of law enforcement.
So the question is, why would the Texas state elected officials want to dismantle the gun laws already in place. The Texas Handguns Blog recommends that its readers continue to pressure their lawmakers to recognize that citizens of Texas desire responsible gun laws. Citizens of Texans do not want a return to the wild west. The current permitting system is designed with common sense and respects the Second Amendment while at the same time helping to protect public safety. Texas can ill afford to allow lawmakers to endanger its citizens in order to appease the gun lobby’s agenda.