When the Texas Senate attached a variety of non-germane amendments to the constitutional carry bill it passed earlier this month, prospects for final passage became…complicated. But both the House and Senate appointed slates of pro-gun members to the conference committee that was tasked with ironing out the differences.
Today the conferees reached agreement on the final language of the bill. The House and Senate will now have to vote to approve the conference committee report.
As Texas Gun Owners of America reports . . .
Although this does not mean that the bill has finally passed, it practically assures its timely passage before the end of session.
The Legislature now has to prepare the correct paperwork to support the agreed-on language. We will share that with you when it is available. You can also track the progress on the TLO bill page.
Then, the report will be distributed to the House and Senate members. After a 24-hour waiting period, the members will vote to approve the conference committee report. Then the bill goes to Governor Abbott’s desk.
Governor Abbot has already promised to sign the bill into law.
Nothing in the legislative process is ever done until it’s done…but it appears that Texas is about to become the 21st and by far the largest permitless carry state in the nation.