On May 24, 2021, the Texas Senate and Texas House approved the Legislative Conference Committee Report on HB 1927, Texas’ Constitutional Carry bill.
Now, HB 1927 is being sent to Governor Greg Abbott’s desk, where it awaits his signature. Abbott has already gone on record in support of the bill, vowing to sign it should it arrive on his desk.
Rachel Malone, Gun Owners of America’s Texas Director, declared:
I invite all Texans to join with me in celebrating the passage of HB 1927, which repeals the general state ban on handgun carry enacted in 1871. The Legislature’s passage of this bill represents Texas’ strongest stand to protect the right to keep and bear arms since the siege of the Alamo.
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“It is far past time for the state of Texas to recognize the right of law-abiding Texans to protect themselves and their families – without having to ask for permission. GOA is proud to have been a critical part of getting this important measure to Governor Abbott’s desk. We are thankful for the support and dedication of our members and the countless hours they spent at the Capitol this session. We also applaud the unending commitment of Rep. Matt Schaefer in defending the right of the people of Texas to bear arms,” Malone added.
Chris McNutt, the Executive Director of Texas Gun Rights, also opined on the Texas State Legislature’s unprecedented move:
After years of pounding away at the roadblocks thrown up by the political establishment, Texas Gun Rights members and supporters finally broke through. Now the ball is in Governor Abbott’s court to make Texas the 21st Constitutional Carry state.
State House Representative Matt Schaefer authored HB 1972 and was elated by the passage of this bill:
By working together, the House and Senate will send Gov. Abbott the strongest Second Amendment legislation in Texas history, and protect the right of law-abiding Texans to carry a handgun as they exercise their God-given right to self-defense and the defense of their families.
State Senator Charles Schwertner, the bill sponsor in the State Senate, also expressed his delight with HB 1972’s successful passage:
Texas has fulfilled the promise of our founding documents by finally restoring the right of law-abiding Texans to carry a handgun without a license for the defense of themselves and their loved ones.
The bill will be signed later this week, which will make Texas the 21st Constitutional Carry state in the nation. Texas activists should celebrate because their hard work in the past decade has made this moment possible.
With Texas passing Constitutional Carry, it would be no exaggeration to say that every other red state in the Union is fair game for passing this legislation.