Previously, Texans had to be licensed to carry, openly or concealed, a handgun. And to obtain such a license, they had to submit their fingerprints, receive 4 to 6 hours of training, complete and pass a written exam and a shooting proficiency test. These procedures, however, were abandoned.
Under the state's "constitutional carry" gun law, people who legally own a firearm can carry it openly or concealed in Texas with no permits or trainings required. The only restriction is that you must be legally allowed to own a gun. That means you cannot have a felony or a conviction for domestic violence.
The law also prohibits open carry if you are convicted of assault causing bodily injury, deadly conduct, terroristic threats or disorderly conduct with a firearm. The law does require the Department of Public Safety to offer a free online gun safety course. However, there are still rules on where people can and cannot carry, and the new gun law does not grant any amnesty for these occasions.
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The difference is that currently businesses in Texas have to post signs in both English and Spanish to exclude unlicensed firearm owners. From Sept. 1, they will be required a third sign under the new law. The lack of training worries some, including those who run gun ranges.
"Constitutional carry means anyone can carry a gun and we cannot question them, which should be a problem to everyone," President of the Houston Police Officers' Union Douglas Griffith said, adding that "It is allowing those untrained individuals to walk around with a firearm. It is detrimental to the entire public."
The new law is seen as a heavy blow for the promotion of gun safety in the state. According to the website run by Texas Gun Sense, there were 3,683 gun-related deaths in 2019 in the state. Excluding Texas, 19 other U.S. states have adopted some form of permitless carry and Texas is by far the largest.
An incident involving a police officer in El Paso, #Texas is being thoroughly investigated after he was filmed pointing his gun at a group of unarmed children. pic.twitter.com/IiHeW4EwYM