We did it!
For the first time in Texas history, Texans will have the legal right to openly carry a holstered centerfire handgun.
Less than a week from the deadline, the conference committee met immediately after conferees were assigned and had agreed upon a report within a few hours. Last night, the House and Senate both approved the report, passing HB 910 and sending it to Governor Abbott.
Governor Abbott immediately tweeted his support:
Open Carry just passed in both the Texas House & Senate. Next destination: My Pen. #txlege #tcot @NRA
Thanks to Open Carry Texas, Lone Star Gun Rights, Texas Firearms Freedom, Governor Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Patrick, Senators Estes, Huffines, and Birdwell, and all of the Republican representatives and senators who made this common sense legislation happen.
The Republican Representatives that we castigated in a previous post for rejecting concurrence earlier in the week came around in the end. It’s become clear that the first concurrence vote wasn’t an underhanded attempt to kill the bill, as we had feared, and was just part of the wheeling and dealing nature of Texas politics. The previous post has been updated as a result.
Now on to SB11 (Campus Carry), which is eligible for a vote at 12:40AM Sunday, May 31, dangerously close to the legislative deadline at midnight.