In two days, you will be legally able to carry a firearm in public in Texas without a special permit. In other words, Texas will be joining 20 other states in fully following the Constitution and letting citizens exercise their Second Amendment rights.
House Bill 1927 passed despite opposition from Texas liberals, and it goes into law Sept. 1. Permitless carry will be the law of the Lone Star State.
Liberals Speak Out Against the Law
Liberals are speaking out against the new law since they have a well-known allergic reaction to the Constitution. Various sheriffs and law enforcement officials have spoken out against the new open carry law as well, worried it could lead to more crime.
However, if you look at the statistics, more permitless carry by law-abiding citizens in public is not linked to a rise in crime. As Texas Governor Greg Abbott said, these laws “instilled freedom” in his state and liberal scare-mongering doesn’t change that.
There are already laws protecting those who pass background checks. Expanding the ability to carry your firearm in public is simply a natural extension of the right to exercise the Second Amendment.
Texas Constitutional Carry goes into effect Wednesday. This victory wouldn't have been possible without our hard-working activists! pic.twitter.com/qb4vUdHcKV
— Young Americans for Liberty (@YALiberty) August 29, 2021
Details of the New Law
If you’re over 21 in Texas with no criminal record and have passed background checks, you can carry a gun in public. This opens up permitless carry for Texans, something that’s already law in many other states.
This doesn’t make illegal guns any more legal; it doesn’t mean that threatening violence with a gun is any less serious. It’s simply an expansion of gun rights and the right to self-protection in public.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has taken executive steps to protect the southern border and has also now taken big steps to protect gun rights. This is what patriots do.
Texas will soon join 20 other states where one can carry a firearm without a permit. https://t.co/IBO6QuI6sT
— 12NewsNow (@12NewsNow) August 27, 2021
The Importance of Constitutional Carry
Constitutional or permitless carry is an important Second Amendment right. It generally refers to the right to carry a handgun either showing or concealed, but usually does not allow more powerful weapons or rifles to be carried in public without a license.
The Constitution makes it clear that there’s no restriction on your ability to exercise gun rights in public; as the Supreme Court decided in the 2008 case of DC vs Heller, self-defense is a fundamental right contained in our Constitution. Don’t like it? Leave America, then.
The follow-up 2010 case of the city of Chicago vs. McDonald also further reinforced the legality of constitutional carry. When you start dividing up and over-defining the Second Amendment, you end up watering it down and making it useless.
If you can’t protect yourself out in public without going through endless red tape, extra fees, and bureaucracy, then where can you do it? Good on Abbott for signing this into law. Don’t mess with Texas, folks.