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Governor Greg Abbott clarified his position on constitutional carry during a radio interview, stating that he would sign the bill when it gets to his desk.
April 27, 2021
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Governor Greg Abbott said that he would sign a bill to enact “constitutional carry,” a policy to allow handguns to be carried in public without a permit, during a radio interview with WBAP’s Rick Roberts on Tuesday.

“Are you going to support constitutional carry, governor?” asked Roberts, to which Abbott replied, “I do support it.”

The governor noted that the measure is still working its way through the legislature and has yet to reach his desk.

House Bill (HB) 1927, a constitutional carry bill authored by Rep. Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler), was passed by the state House earlier this month.

The legislation has been picked up in the Senate with Sen. Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) as its sponsor and referred to a new special “Senate Committee on Constitutional Issues” with Schwertner at the head.

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A majority of the other members on the committee — including Sens. Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury), Dawn Buckingham (R-Lakeway), Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe), and Bob Hall (R-Edgewood) — have publicly stated their support for constitutional carry.

Public testimony on HB 1927 will be heard in the new Senate committee on Thursday.

“Once the Senate passes it out, the House and Senate will convene and work out any difference and get it to my desk, and I’ll be signing it,” said Abbott. “So yeah, I support it and I believe it should reach my desk and we should have constitutional carry in Texas.”

“This is something that 20 other states already have adopted, and it’s time for Texas to adopt it too,” said the governor.

Abbott’s statement in the radio interview clarifies his position on constitutional carry after he dismissed a question about it last week when he said that he was focused on the emergency items he listed at the beginning of the current legislative session.

The governor’s support will place more pressure on Senate Republicans to pass the legislation at a time when Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick continues to say that there are not enough votes to pass the bill in the upper chamber.

Though some members have stayed silent regarding their position on HB 1927 and constitutional carry in general, at least 10 GOP senators have indicated their support for the measure.

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Daniel Friend

Daniel Friend

Daniel Friend is a reporter for The Texan. He participated in a Great Books program at Azusa Pacific University and graduated in 2019 with a degree in Political Science. He has studied C.S. Lewis’s science fiction trilogy and in his spare time you might find him writing his own novel partly inspired by the series.