The Texas State House of Representatives have given the final legislative approval that will allow for people to openly carry handguns in the state. House Bill 910, championed by Representative Larry Phillips (R-Sherman), will now allow people with recognized concealed carry licenses to outwardly carry handguns in a hip or shoulder holster. Currently, it is lawful for Texans to openly carry shotguns or rifles without any type of license.
The bill was sent through the Texas House on Monday with a vote of 101-42. Last week, after almost five hours of unsuccessful debate by Democrats, the House had preliminary legislative support by an initial vote of 96-35. On Monday, Democrats once again were barred from amending the legislation with their terms to allow metropolitan areas like San Antonio and Houston to opt out.
The bill will now go to the Senate for a committee debate. The Senate’s companion bill passed through fully in March, but has yet to be heard by the Texas House committee. Governor Greg Abbott has stated he will sign any legislation that furthers the rights to openly carry handguns in the state.
By Alex Lemieux
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