Senate Passes Carrying Firearms Bill | New
After passing the Texas House, the Firearms Carry Act appears to face a tough road when it goes through the Upper House.
Legislation allowing Texans to carry guns without having to pass a background check or undergo training was passed on April 16 with the support of District 4 state representative Keith Bell.
“I support the 1927 House Bill, also known as the Firearm Carry Act,” Bell said. “HB 1927 will respect our constitutional rights and make it clear that citizens have the right to protect themselves, their families and their property.
The House vote was 87 to 58.
Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick referred the bill on Friday to the Special Senate Committee on Constitutional Questions. Patrick said there was currently not enough support in the Senate to pass the bill.
Current Texas law requires residents to obtain a license to openly carry or carry a concealed handgun. The new law would eliminate this condition. In addition, no background checks or training would be required. There are now 13 states that have similar laws.
The laws will also come into effect this year in Tennessee, Utah, Iowa and Wyoming.
District 3 State Senator Robert Nichols has been a frequent supporter of “gun rights” legislation.
In 2017, Nichols drafted a Senate bill that drastically reduced transportation license fees. The bill was signed by Governor Greg Abbott and came into force on September 1, 2017.
Senate Bill 16 reduced the initial cost of obtaining a handgun license by $ 100. The change took Texas from one of the highest fees in the country to one of the lowest, Nichols said.
According to Project Vote Smart, Nichols has a 100% rating from the National Rifle Association for his stance on gun rights.