AUSTIN, TX – The Texas Legislature has passed a bill allowing Texans to carry a handgun without a permit.
The Texas House passed HB1927 Sunday night by a vote of 82 to 62.
The Texas Senate passed the measure Monday by a 17 to 13 vote.
HB1927 will allow Texans to carry a handgun without a permit. Since 1995, Texans have been required to get a permit by attending a concealed carry class and pass a shooting test on a gun range with a qualified and licensed instructor.
HB1927 will allow anyone to carry a handgun without a permit unless they are prevented owning a gun by state or federal law. Convicted felons will not be able to carry.
The bill now goes to Gov. Greg Abbott's desk to be signed into law.
Abbott has indicated he will sign the bill.