I’m Edwin Walker, Independent Program Attorney for U.S. LawShield. If you’re watching this video, you’ve probably heard that constitutional carry is coming to Texas. This is true. A bill providing for constitutional carry, or permitless carry as it’s also known, has passed the Texas House of Representatives. It has also passed the Texas Senate, which means it is on its way to the desk of Governor Abbott. Governor Abbott may sign the bill tomorrow. He may sign it next week. But rest assured, he will sign it.
Now, does that mean that you can carry a handgun without a license right now, here in the state of Texas? No, it does not. So I want to advise everyone out there, if you do not yet have a Texas license to carry, or a license to carry from another state that Texas recognizes, you are not allowed to carry a handgun on your person at this moment. In fact, even after Governor Abbott does sign the bill, you will not be allowed to carry that handgun without a license immediately. That is because the bill contains an effective date and that effective date is September 1st, 2021. Only after that date, will you then be allowed to carry a handgun, assuming that you’re over the age of 21, you are not prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm, and you have not been convicted of certain misdemeanors within the last five years.
Rest assured that we here at U.S. LawShield will keep you updated on the progress of this law.
Is it means that conceal carry permit no longer needed?
if you have an ltc, keep it up and renued.
I am happy Texas has finally passed Constitutional Carry. About time. All of you claiming an escalation in crime are wrong. Look at the stats for the 20 states who already have it. No increase in gun crimes. After a year or two when the publicity has died down, folks will see the truth. Should people seek training and learn the law, of course. Will they, most probably will not. But I have gone to the range with CHL folks and many can not shoot straight or know the law. How about instead of verbally attacking folks y’all be mentors and help them. The gun community seems to have a very bad problem with “I am better than you” mentality.
@Adam Stephen Fitzer:
“All of you claiming an escalation in crime are wrong.”
Using Absolutist Thinking (words like ALL, ANY, EVERY, Nobody, Everybody), for an event or events that have not yet occurred, is illogical.
Colonel Colt is alleged to have said “An armed society is a polite society.” I do hope his adage will be proven when
Abbott signs the Bill into law. Until the law is passed, and some time has gone by, we will know for sure what kind of new social order we will be taking part in. I hope we do not wake up to an “O.K. Corral” event mentality, and I do hope that peaceful minds will prevail.
The hypothetical issues that you have raised have not yet happened. Until the fecal matter hits the rotating oscillator, there is not crystal ball to say what will happen.
I am part of the “Gun Community”, and you, not knowing me, cannot justly say that I have a slight problem, no problem or a bad problem as concerns “I am better than you” mentality.
From my position, I see things as being equal, until they are demonstrably not equal.
Facts and concrete evidence matter more, than hyperbole and biased claims.
Biased claims and hypothetical issues? Okay. Whatever.
Yeah, cuz the “civilized society” the libtards espouse sure has included a lot more rioting and looting all the while yelling “defund the police”. Yeah, we’re gonna cause the “OK Corral”! (Eyes rolling)
I’m surprised at the number of people that think that criminals have have not already been carrying guns because they had no license to carry, and were waiting for CC. Just amazing.
It’s a very nuanced subject. On one hand it is supposed to be an inherent right, no licensing needed, on the other hand, handling guns in inherently dangerous, I’m a new gun owner and I could’ve had a fatal accident on my first try when loading the gun even after watching YouTube videos. I think the answer is for the people to get paid to get the training needed in order to solve this thorny question without compromising one’s right even further.
The fact your a gun owner watching YouTube videos to learn makes some of the previous commenters fears founded! Smh
I’ll probably keep my LTC anyway so I can carry in other states that recognize it.
My only issue is the no safety training. You even have to take safety training to hunt.
As a firearms instructor for about 20 years, I have mixed feelings. On one hand ,it is a 2nd amendment right ,so why must someone be “granted” permission from some government entity to carry? On the other hand , I can tell you that many pass the written and range tests ,which are not that hard, but should not be carrying a loaded gun. Would be much more comfortable if there was some significant training required.
I’ve had an LTC (formerly CHL) for many years, and will keep it. PLEASE address what and how HB 1927 affects me.
Frankly, I am most interested in knowing if I can keep a handgun in my vehicles that is easy to get to in case of need without running fowl of the Law. More specifically, how about a Gun Magnet or other device that keeps a weapon within easy reach and access? Will HB 1927 affect this specific situation?
I carry Concealed, but there are times when I may want faster access to my handgun. Does HB 1927 affect Open Carry for an LTC Holder in any appreciable way?
Very best regards,
US Law Shield Member
LTC Holder in Texas
I agree with safety training comments. Bad guys are not changing, it’s the law abiding citizens that have no experience handling firearms who I fear. They decide its time to get a carry firearm now, with the passing of this bill. Like allowing someone who has never driven to jump in a car and head down the road. Not a great idea. I carry, and have handled firearms most of my life. The LTC course I took was very valuable to help me understand the laws, and made me more aware of the fact some folks just shouldn’t have guns.
I am a long time CHL in Texas and somewhat support CC for the simple reason it shows the anti-gunners we are a force to deal with. Although I believe training is needed in both handling of firearms and education on the laws of Texas! There is too much to write here, but I am happy to see we have joined the 22 other states that have passed CC. I do not think much will change, but only time will tell.
I like the idea of the new bill however I’m in agreement with the training. If you own a gun you need to understand your responsibilities that come with it. The training I received was very helpful to me, and anyone who carries should have such training and know the law. We are to be law abiding citizens, how can we be if we don’t know that law.
I am not opposed to the CC law. I strongly agree that training should be required to handles a firearm of any type. You should not purchase and carry a firearm if you are not going to be intimately familiar with the gun. Practice with loading/unloading mags with bullets, inserting/removing mags, chambering/clearing a live round needs to be done until you are confident in your actions. Snap-caps are a useful learning tools. Repeated trips to a range is necessary to feel confident as well. Without that firearm proficiency, you be escalating your chance of being a victim. Even with that proficiency you have to have the courage to stand your ground to protect yourself/family. Know the laws in your state. You may cleared of any criminal charges in a shooting but not necessarily any civil charges for the perp family. This is not a paid plug a for U.S. Law Shield, but I am a member, you should not carry a firearm and not be protected with legal representation. You will need it.
Only a coward would sacrifice, liberties for a a bit more “security”
Most instructors don’t like it, since it will cut into their wallets. Let’s cut the BS. Firearms aren’t that difficult and it would be taught, by family, friends, mentors. You either stand for the 2nd entirely or you don’t. There is no in between