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Texas State Rep. Moody On Bill That Would Allow Anyone To Carry A Handgun Without A Permit, License

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has said he will sign the permitless carry bill headed to his desk, which would allow anyone over 21 in the state to carry a handgun without a permit or license.

Texas would be the 20th state to adopt a permitless carry law. The majority of Texans oppose the measure, as do many state and local police.

Critics of the so-called constitutional carry law, including many in law enforcement, say it will put citizens and first responders at risk at a time when there’s a nationwide surge in gun violence. But supporters maintain it protects Texans’ constitutional right to carry handguns to defend themselves.

 

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd speaks with Texas Public Radio reporter Dominic Anthony Walsh and state Rep. Joe Moody, a Democrat who represents northern El Paso, about the bill.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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