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.
This article was originally published on WBUR.org.
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