Open Carry Passes Texas Senate
Late on Friday, after hours of debate, the Texas Senate passed House Bill 910, sponsored by state Representative Larry Phillips (R-Sherman) & state Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls), on a 19-12 vote. NRA-supported HB 910 removes the requirement that Concealed Handgun Licensees (CHLs) keep their handguns concealed and gives them the option of carrying them either wholly or partially visible in a belt or shoulder holster. After having established a 20-year record of law-abiding and responsible behavior, Texas CHLs have earned this personal protection option that 43 states currently allow. The Senate made changes to the measure, so it will now have to go back to the House for agreement on those amendments. Your NRA-ILA will keep you posted on the progress of this important bill during this last week of session. Thank you to Lt. Governor Dan Patrick (R), bill sponsor Sen. Estes and the other 18 Republicans who supported this measure.