Open Carry in Texas heads to Governor Abbott’s desk

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AUSTIN, TX –  Texas lawmakers have approved licensed open carry of handguns on the streets of USA’s second-most populous state.

The bill cleared the Legislature late Friday. The bill now heads to Republican Governor Greg Abbott, who is expected to sign it, after tweeting about it.

The bill would reverse a ban dating to the post-Civil War era.

Open carry has been one of the major gun-rights issues of the legislative session, and Abbott has pledged to sign it into law. Texas allows concealed handguns, but has banned open carry since the post-Civil War era.

If passed, the Lone Star State would be one of the last states to allow some form of open carry, but would be the largest by population to do so. Texas has about 850,000 concealed handgun license holders.

Following passage of HB 910 by both chambers of the Texas legislature, the Texas chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America released the following statement on the bill, which allows for the open carry of handguns. The bill heads next to the governor’s desk.

Statement From Sandy Chasse, Volunteer with the Texas Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America:

  “Today’s vote to allow the open carry of handguns is not at all surprising—this session has been an alarming show of politicking that caters to a gun lobby agenda rather than listening to the majority of Texans and law enforcement who oppose the open carry of handguns. There is no evidence to show the open carry of handguns makes Texas safer.

As a gun owning, Texas mom, this is the not the Texas I want for my family or community. Texas moms will continue to work with our community leaders, law enforcement and other Texans to fight for commonsense policies that prioritize public safety and respect the Second Amendment.”