After remaining conspicuously quiet on the issue until now, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has let it be known that if a Constitutional Carry bill makes through the legislature and onto his desk, he’ll sign it into law.
As the Texas Tribune reports, Abbott said . . .
Last week, Patrick created a new committee with a majority of permitless carry supporters. The House legislation, House Bill 1927, was then referred to the panel, and HB 1927 is set for a hearing Thursday.
HB 1927 passed the House on April 15. Patrick, who hasn’t always been enthusiastic about permitless carry, is now motivated to find the votes needed to get the bill through the Senate. Abbott’s endorsement of the bill will help, plus there’s the fact that Patrick wants to be Governor one day. Being seen as soft on gun rights won’t help him in that effort.
The prospect of Texas joining 20 other states in the constitutional carry club — four more states added just this year — has all of the usual suspects apoplectic about what will happen if the average Texan is able to exercise their Second Amendment rights without a government permission slip.
For instance, there’s the Dallas Morning News in ‘This is what police fear will happen if permitless carry becomes law in Texas’ . . .
For instance, if an officer patrolling overnight stops someone with a handgun who is acting suspiciously, the person won’t necessarily have to produce a handgun permit.
“You’d have to do the vetting process right there. You’d have to run their criminal history and find out whether they have convictions that would disqualify them [from having a handgun]. … It’s a time-consuming, dangerous process at three o’clock in the morning,” [Texas Municipal Police Association executive director Kevin] Lawrence told us.
Other law enforcement officials, including Dallas Police Chief Eddie García, have expressed concerns about people walking around in public with handguns that they don’t know how to handle, which could lead to accidents.
Lawrence said he and other officers object to the term “constitutional carry” or the notion that having any restrictions on carrying handguns is a violation of the Second Amendment.
“Nobody, nobody really and truly believes that everybody should be allowed to carry a gun,” he said.
Moving on down to Houston, the Chronicle says ‘Dan Patrick, kill Texas’ ‘permitless carry’ bill before it kills us’ . . .
Visualize for a moment the worst drivers you’ve encountered on the road lately, the ones who swerve in and out of lanes and can’t be bothered to use a blinker, the ones who treat I-10 like Texas Motor Speedway, the ones who can kill you and your loved ones in the back seat with one errant turn of the wheel.
Imagine how much worse those people would drive if they weren’t even required to take a class, or pass a test or obtain a license to operate that hunk of menacing metal. Thankfully, no lawmaker is reckless enough to propose that idea.
Now picture those same folks — the careless, the clueless and the just plain dangerous — operating a loaded pistol instead. And imagine that there are indeed Texas lawmakers reckless enough to argue they shouldn’t have to take a single safety class, or demonstrate any level of proficiency with the weapon, or make any effort to obtain a license at all.
If these hysterics sound familiar, they should. These are exactly the same sky-is-falling predictions of doom, gloom and blood-clogged gutters that have been tossed around by the media and police chiefs in every other state that considered constitutional carry. The sky would fall, cats would sleep with dogs, and neighbors would open fire on each other if the grass wasn’t cut often enough.
Except…none of that has happened. Anywhere. A full twenty states — that’s 40% of the country for the the mathematically challenged — allow citizens to carry without a permit. And surprise, surprise…none of those dire prognostications have come true.
You know what? None of that will happen in Texas either if constitutional carry becomes law. And that sound you’re hearing is probably the Lieutenant Governor twisting arms to get the necessary votes to push the constitutional carry bill through the Senate.