Explained: How ‘constitutional carry’ changes gun laws in Texas
Known by supporters as “constitutional carry,” the new law allows Texans to carry handguns — openly or concealed — without obtaining a state-issued license, so long they are not excluded from possessing a firearm by another federal or state law.
Texas law enforcement groups, firearms instructors voice concerns over permitless carry handgun bill
Tyler Representative Matt Schaefer says law-abiding citizens are at a disadvantage to criminals on the street and his bill, House Bill 1927, is a way to restore a right for 21-year-old Texans and older to be able to carry a handgun without the need for a license.
Bill allowing permitless carrying of handguns advances to Texas Senate floor, where its fate remains uncertain
<figcaption> A Texas Senate committee on Thursday advanced a bill that would Texans to carry handguns in public without a permit. <cite>Credit: Evan L'Roy/The Texas Tribune</cite> </figcaption>
Despite insurrection, there may be more guns in the Texas Capitol this session
With the proper license, visitors to the Texas Capitol are allowed to carry open or concealed guns. There won't be fewer guns in the Texas Capitol this legislative session. Texans with handgun licenses can carry firearms into the Capitol openly or concealed and bypass the building’s metal detectors for entry within seconds. The Texas Capitol “is probably one of the most well-armed buildings in the state,” one then-state lawmaker told The New York Times in 2013. That year, dozens of Texas lawmakers routinely carried guns inside the Capitol, current and former lawmakers told The Times.
Gov. Abbott says during keynote that he wants to make Texas a ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary State’
Greg Abbott speaks during a news conference where he provided an update to Texas' response to COVID-19, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)AUSTIN – Texas Governor Greg Abbott said he aims to make Texas a “Second Amendment Sanctuary State,” to ensure that no government officials can take guns away from owners in the Lone Star State. Abbott discussed his reasoning during a keynote presentation hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation on Jan. 17. Abbott said that he believed it was essential to secure the core liberties for state residents expressed in The U.S. Constitution. Greg Abbott pledges to make it ‘fiscally impossible’ to defund police
Residents in South Bexar County neighborhood forced to take cover as bullets zing by them from nearby property
Residents point to the 281 Country Club next door as the source of those bullets. The 20-acre property is advertised online as an outdoor recreational area for ATVs and bicycles, and it has a shooting range. Jorge Trevino is one of about 20 people who own 281 Country Club. In November 2020, deputies noted a complaint of automatic weapon gunshots to a man named Jorge, who said he owned the 281 Country Club. Trevino says the country club has been operating for about a year, and there’s a five-year plan to expand the business.
Ongoing ammo shortage due to several factors, gun sellers say
That’s what gun owners nationwide and in San Antonio are asking as the demand for ammunition is far outweighing the supply these days. Gun sellers say there is a list of factors contributing to the shortage in what’s being called a “snowball effect.”Wolf Laughlin, the manager of the Gun Shack in Helotes, said the ammo shortage first started at the beginning of the pandemic this year when mines and factories were forced to close or reduce operations. The bills include House Bill 52 and House Bill 245, which involve banning private firearms sales at gun shows. Whether those bills will become laws remains to be seen, but in the meantime, gun owners are feeling the frustrations of not being able to find ammo. At the Gun Shack, staff members say they have tens of thousands of dollars' worth of ammo on backorder, but like other gun stores in our area, when they’ll be able to stock up on their supply is unclear.
Guns as a way of life in Wyoming
In the wide-open spaces of the American West, guns are woven into the tapestry of life in ways city-dwellers may not understand. Ted Koppel visits the town of Cody, Wyoming, to find out how, for the majority of families, guns are inseparable from a way of life.cbsnews.com