Texas has been getting a bit of press lately for a new law that allows any resident over the age of 18 to openly carry knives with blades longer than 5.5 inches in public, but one lawmaker is pushing a new bill during a special session that offers a glimmer of hope for constitutional firearms carry in the Lone Star State.
This story from guns.com says Rep. Johnathan Strickland’s legislation, HB 296, was introduced on Monday and would allow “adults otherwise lawfully able to possess a firearm under federal and Texas laws to carry a handgun concealed or openly without a permit.”
During the regular session, a similar bill, also backed by Stickland, failed to make it to the floor before Texas House Speaker Joe Strauss called for a close.
Since Gov. Greg Abbott has called lawmakers back for a special session, Stickland and advocates of his legislation are hoping the governor will add it to the list of items to focus on, the story says.
The way it works in Texas is, the governor decides what items are heard during a special session, and gun rights were not among Abbott’s list of 20 issues sent to the legislature.
The bill’s only hope to be heard is for the list to be amended, the story says.
This year, the cost of the state’s estimated 1 million concealed carry permits in Texas were lowered, but constitutional carry efforts were stymied by opposition from the Texas Police Chiefs Association and gun control groups, the story says.
The special session will conclude in 30 days. If the matter does not get any attention, the subject could be put on hold in Texas until the 86th Texas legislature convenes next year.