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Texans Can Carry Handguns Without A License Or Training Starting Sept. 1, After Gov. Greg Abbott Signs Permitless Carry Bill Into Law

Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and other Republicans who were initially noncommittal about the bill were under immense political pressure this session from conservatives and gun rights advocates, who have long lobbied the Texas Legislature for permitless carry.

House Bill 1927 eliminates the requirement for Texas residents to obtain a license to carry handguns if they're not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a gun.

"All [El Paso community members] wanted was something better. All they wanted was some accountability. Yet here we are," state Rep. Joe Moody, an El Paso Democrat, told colleagues on the floor Sunday. "When the doors were closed, I heard lots of promises. I haven't heard them since."

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