In Texas, the law soon may allow residents to carry guns without a license. The state’s Republican congress approved this bill on Monday and it will head to Governor Greg Abbott to sign.
The governor has said that he supports the bill. It would allow anyone over the age of 21 to carry a gun without a license as long as they are not banned from gun-owning by federal law. The authors of the bill argue that current licensing requirements in Texas are onerous and infringe on Texans’ Second Amendment rights.
In Texas, it is already legal to carry a rifle without a license. The National Rifle Association, predictably, supports the new bill, calling it the “most significant pro-Second Amendment measure in Texas history.”