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By Capt. Chuck Uzzle
For the Record 

Texas makes statement with passing of "Constitutional Carry" law


Last updated 6/22/2021 at 9:03pm

In yet another blow to the gun control advocates the state of Texas officially passed the “Constitutional Carry” law this past week and it will go into effect on September 1st. House Bill 1927, aka Constitutional Carry, will allow Texas residents to carry handguns without getting a license as long as they meet certain requirements. Not just any Texan can carry around a handgun without a license. The constitutional carry bill directly states that “persons who are currently prohibited from possessing firearms under state and federal law will not gain the right to possess or carry a firearm under this legislation.” People who are prohibited from having a gun include those convicted of a felony, convicted of certain assault offenses, under a protection order or adjudicated to be mentally incompetent. And the bill is also restricted to persons under 21.

HB 1927 also follows the guidelines already established about carrying a weapon into certain places such as schools or school events, private businesses where owners prohibit carrying, airports, bars, government buildings, courthouses, poling places, prisons, jails, hospitals, amusement parks, and racetracks are all on the list. Texas becomes the 21st state overall to recognize and pass the Constitutional Carry law and the 5th state to do so under the new presidential administration which coincidentally is very pro gun control. In fact the most recent Biden appointee, David Chipman, for the leader of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives is a long time gun control advocate who has openly mocked gun owners in the past. Chipman has faced steep resistance so far in his bid to become the leader of the ATF. Earlier this week Sen. Susan Collins announced  that she will oppose the confirmation of David Chipman, President Biden's nominee to run the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), which is a huge blow to Chipman's prospects for a potential bipartisan confirmation vote. "After meeting with Mr. Chipman, listening to Mainers, and reviewing his record, I have decided to vote against Mr. Chipman’s nomination to serve as the ATF Director," Collins, R-Maine, said in a statement. "In recent years, Mr. Chipman has been an outspoken critic of the firearms industry and has made statements that demean law-abiding gun owners." The divisive nature of Chipman’s remarks along with his anti gun agenda could, and probably will, ultimately spell disaster for anti second amendment crowd.

Now for those who are Pro Second Amendment the fact that states are now standing up and reclaiming some of their rights is not only a breath of fresh air but a proverbial gut punch to the current administration in Washington. It’s no coincidence that places with some of the strictest gun control laws and defund the police movements are seeing historically high crime rates and unprecedented economic losses along with scores of people moving out. Texas has not seen any of those trends thank goodness, in fact Texas has become a destination for many seeking relief from some of the other states and their controversial agendas. Enabling law abiding citizens to protect their families and homes with the new HB 1927 will just add to the already long list of reasons to come to this great state.  


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