- As of Wednesday, September 1, 2021 in Texas the carrying of firearms is legal.
- Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, signed the law that allows anyone to carry a pistol or rifle.
- Some police officers have voiced their opposition to the law because they believe it will increase violence.
Texas law enforcement of weapons. Texas woke up on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 with 666 new laws and one of them is related to the carrying of weapons. As of this day, thanks to a law approved by the State Congress, it is legal to carry a firearm, rifle or pistol, in public places and without having received training to use it or a permission, despite the constant deadly shootings.
Greg Abbott, the Governor of Texas, signed the new law that he called a “constitutional right” to carry weapons such as rifles, shotguns and pistols of any caliber in practically any public place. By signing the new law, the governor said he signed the “documents that instill freedom in the Lone Star State.”
Texas Gun Carrying Law: Possession and Carrying of Weapons is Now Free
The Reform of Law 1927, legal name of the new arms law in Texas, was voted in the State Congress in May 2021 and was approved with a round of 86 in favor and 62 with 2 abstentions, part of the 150 congressmen. Governor Abbot signed the law, which was his proposal, last June to make it effective until September 1.
However, some law enforcement agencies in Texas have publicly and privately criticized the decision to pass a law that according to many police officers exposes them in the first place to the dangers of firearms in the hands of people who do not they know how to handle them properly and, secondly, to the citizens.
Texas Gun Carrying Law: Opposition from Some Politicians
The only people who cannot carry a gun in Texas in public places are those with a criminal record. However, misdemeanors such as driving under the influence (DWI) do not affect the possession and possession of firearms.
The debate in Texas regarding the Reform of Law 1927 is more heated than ever and with supporters for and against. Adrian GarciaCommissioner of Precinct 2 of Harris County in Houston, has been one of the most critical figures against the new reform to the gun law in Texas.
Texas Gun Carrying Law: “Guns in the Hands of Criminals”
“They consider that the signing of the bill of the House of Representatives Reform of Law 1927 by Governor Greg Abbott allows the open carry without permission of firearms, will help to put the arms in the hands of criminals”, Garcia details in a statement on the governor’s decision.
Adrián García has embarked on a career as a politician to represent East Houston, one of the areas with the largest Hispanic presence in the city, but before that he was a police officer in charge of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO).
Texas Gun Carrying Law: The Protest Voices of Some Police Officers
Sara is a Hispanic police officer for a corporation in the greater Houston area of Texas. She has worked as a patrol car on city streets for 10 years and is currently studying to be a detective. The 33-year-old girl has asked that her full name not be published in this story so as not to cause her problems.
“You always know about the dangers with weapons when you answer a call, you are trained for that… however, now anyone can have a gun and the truth is that there are many people who do not know how to control their temper, we are in the middle of the pandemic, and Now this? The politicians are only risking the population ”says Sara worriedly.
Texas Gun Carrying Law: There are thousands of voices in favor
For their part, the activists for the free carrying of arms also have something to say. Chris McNutt, president of the nonprofit organization Right to Guns in Texas, issued a statement in which he celebrated the decision of Governor Greg Abbott and members of the State Congress.
“Texas is finally a pro-gun state despite years of delays, roadblocks, and excuses from worthless politicians… I’m proud of the work that gun owners and activists have done to get Gun Reform enacted. Law 1927 ”, McNutt assured.
In Texas they won’t even check fingerprints anymore
A detailed reading of the new gun law in Texas reveals that it will no longer even be necessary for a person to have their fingerprints taken when purchasing a pistol or rifle. Only those who are on the list of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will not be able to obtain or carry a weapon.
It is no longer mandatory for a person to take a gun handling course before purchasing it as it was mandatory until Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Now it is only recommended to take a free online course offered by the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS).
“It is an absurd law and it was done without reason”
“It is an absurd law and it was done without reason,” says Adán, another Hispanic police officer but from a corporation in the Dallas area of North Texas. Adan has been a patrolman and has been in his department’s drug and anti-gang divisions for nearly 15 years of his career after leaving the United States Army.
Like Officer Sara in Houston, Agent Adán does not want his last name revealed for fear of reprisals from his bosses. “The new gun law is as absurd as if you allowed a person to drive a car and walk on the road without knowing how to drive the vehicle. It does not matter. The dangerous ones are many more and now for everyone ”says Adan over the phone.
In Texas they defend the use of weapons as protection
James McLaughlin, Director of the Texas Police Chiefs Association, believes that the new weapons law was approved after the increase in crimes in the state, such as home robbery or vehicle theft, which occurred throughout the past year amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Coral Abreu, a 34-year-old immigrant from Cuba in Houston, welcomes the Reform of Law 1927 because she says that it is precisely an opportunity for citizens to defend themselves against armed criminals. The woman, a single mother of a son and a resident of the Sharptown area, says she has suffered two violent robberies in her car for her purse.
“Let them cry at my house or cry at the other’s?”
“What are they crying at my house or crying at the other’s? Let them cry in the other’s! My purse was stolen at the gas station in Bellaire and Fondren (two streets southwest of Houston) with my completed check from work… is that fair? But it doesn’t happen to me again, I do support the Republicans and I’m going to get my gun, it’s my right, “says Coral Abreu decisively.
However, Ray Hunt director of the Union of Houston Police Officers He assured that precisely the problem of the new gun law in Texas can have serious consequences for the agents of the different corporations since it will be more difficult for them in their daily work to know if someone who carries a gun is legally capable of doing so.
Every time there are more weapons, there is a problem
“We completely opposed the gun license law when it was proposed and we made the same arguments that we are making now… we hope we are exaggerating. But we are only concerned because every time there are more guns, there is a problem, ”said Ray Hunt.
According to the nonprofit organization National Archive of Gun Violence, which fights to raise awareness about the dangers of the free sale of firearms, reports that so far this year 29,759 people have already been shot dead, as of Tuesday, August 31.
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