Poll: Should Constitutional Carry Pass in Texas?
Will Constitutional Carry, or permitless carry as some like to call it, pass in Texas? It's a question that no one really has a good answer for, but many are watching for over the next 24 to 48 hours.
The Texas House easily passed Rep. Matt Schaefer's House Bill 1927, which would allow for Constitutional Carry. The bill would allow anyone over the age of 21 who can legally posses a firearm to carry concealed or open. You would not need a license to carry, though they will still be offered.
After passing in the House, the bill is headed to the Senate, where its fate remains unsure. At first, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick told the media the votes to pass Constitutional Carry weren't there. Then last week, Patrick created a new committee to study constitutional issues. That committee will reportedly consider House Bill 1927 on Thursday. If voted out of committee, then the entire Senate could vote on Constitutional Carry.
There have been several reports that more than one Republican Senator is a 'no' vote on Constitutional Carry. If that's true, and all the Democrats vote against the bill, then it will fail. But what happens if it passes?
According to the Texas Tribune, Governor Greg Abbott has said he would sign the bill: