Democrats Hysterical After Abbott Doubles Down On 2nd Amendment Protections

Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX) recently signed a bill that fortifies the state’s Second Amendment protections. The new legislation authorizes constitutional carry, which means that residents of Texas will be permitted to carry handguns without the need to secure a permit.

The new bill, which was previously known as House Bill 1927, simplifies Second Amendment protections by eliminating the present requirement for Texan residents who are at least 21 years of age to obtain a carrying license in order to carry a handgun. Provided that these residents are not prohibited in some way by either federal or state law from owning a gun, they will enjoy the right to carry a handgun without a permit on September 1.

On March 21, the Texas House passed HB 1927, and the Texas Senate promptly passed the bill the next day, March 22. As part of a compromise, the legislators agreed to keep a Texas Senate amendment that amplifies criminal penalties for various felons, as well as domestic violence offenders, caught carrying a firearm unlawfully.

The successful passage of this bill constitutes a massive victory for Second Amendment rights activists and conservative Republicans across the state of Texas, who have spent significant time lobbying the state legislature for the right to constitutional carry. Prior lobbying efforts were routinely rejected by moderates and Democrats.

However, lobbyists were able to develop a critical ally through House Speaker Dade Phelan. Phelan, who hails from Beaumont, has argued in favor of constitutional carry since 2017. In addition, Phelan is also the author of a 2019 law that permits unlicensed Texan residents to carry handguns publicly in the week immediately following a major natural disaster.

The results of a joint April poll, which was conducted by The Texas Tribune and the University of Texas, also reveals that 85 percent of Texas Democrats oppose the new bill. Consequently, the successful passage of HB 1927 has inflamed critics, with many speaking out vocally against Abbott.

One such critic includes Veronica Escobar, a Democrat who serves as a representative for most of El Paso and Congress’s surrounding suburbs.

Texas has now become the 21st state that has successfully passed constitutional carry laws. The other states that currently permit constitutional carry include the following: Wyoming, West Virginia, Vermont, Utah, Tennessee, South Dakota, Oklahoma, North Dakota, New Hampshire, Montana, Missouri, Mississippi, Maine, Kentucky, Kansas, Iowa, Idaho, Arkansas, Arizona, and Alaska.