Many states in America are stripping Americans of their fundamental rights, including the right to bear arms. However, Texas is now allowing the broader exercise of citizens’ Second Amendment rights.
The Texas state Senate passed a bill Wednesday allowing citizens constitutional carry rights, the Epoch Times reported. That means residents 21 or older who are eligible have the right to carry a firearm concealed or open carry.
The bill will head back to the House to iron out differences between each chamber’s version. The House already passed the measure last month, but they will need to debate amendments and hash out differences before sending it up to GOP Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
Abbott has been supportive of the measure. “Once the Senate passes it out, the House and Senate will convene and work out any differences and get it to my desk and I’ll be signing it,” Abbot told WBAP’s Rick Roberts.
Like many other states, Texas residents are currently required to obtain a permit to carry a handgun. The process requires practical experience and classroom instruction, a written test, and fingerprinting before they can carry.
Republicans are hopeful that it will ease some of the burden residents currently have while trying to exercise their Second Amendment rights. “Right now, we have the license to carry—the LTC—and it is a hurdle for some individuals to avail themselves of their constitutional right to keep and bear arms, and I think that is a hurdle that should be removed,” State Sen. Charles Schwertner had said. “That’s what this bill does.”
Democrats and some law enforcement officials are afraid the weapons will be in the hands of people who shouldn’t have them. “Guns are easier to obtain than ever before, and it has become more common for people to use them. Weakening training regulations and effectively eliminating training requirements is not the direction that we should be going right now,” Austin Police Interim Chief Joseph Chacon said in a news conference.
However, the right to bear arms is a Constitutional right afforded to everyone who hasn’t forfeited it by breaking the law. While some worry more guns make streets less safe, not knowing who is carrying a weapon has a strange way of making everyone more civil toward one another.