On August 24, 2020, Texas State Representative Kyle Biedermann announced that he will be introducing a Constitutional Carry bill for the 2021 legislative session.
Gun Owners of America Texas Director Rachel Malone published a statement on Biedermann’s bill:
I am thrilled that Rep. Biedermann has committed to filing Constitutional Carry legislation. This is great news for Texas because Constitutional Carry promotes safety and equality while upholding our God-given, Constitutionally-guaranteed right to keep and bear arms.
In a Facebook video that Biedermann published on August 24, he said that “Our Constitution was written to ensure certain rights of all citizens. Everyone has the right to life and to protect that life from harm. No one should have to pay a fee or get permission from the government before being able to do so legally. I look forward to working with my colleagues to restore the rights of all Texans.”
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Malone responded to Biedermann’s video:
I agree with Rep. Biedermann: if you are not prohibited from possessing a handgun, you should not be prohibited from carrying it. Texas still requires those who legally own a handgun to get a government permit to carry that handgun. This permit requirement does not stop criminals; it only disarms victims and makes it harder for certain classes of Texans to keep themselves and their families safe.
Rep. Biedermann’s Constitutional Carry legislation will make it easier for law-abiding Texans to be their own first defenders.
With over 30 states allowing those who legally possess handguns to carry them openly without a permit, and many states also allowing concealed carry without a permit, Texas can no longer stand idly by. Now is the time for the Lone Star State to take the lead.
Rep. Biedermann is standing strong to help Texas take the lead on Constitutional Carry, and Gun Owners of America stands with Rep. Biedermann. I look forward to working with the 87th Legislature to pass this legislation, which will help keep Texas strong and safe.
BLP has previously reported on the difficulty Texas conservatives have had over the years in trying to pass Constitutional Carry.
Hopefully, state legislators heed the demands of grassroots conservatives and actually pass Constitutional Carry legislation that will only improve Texas’s already solid gun policies.