People would be allowed to carry handguns without needing state permits under a bill advanced by Texas lawmakers, sparking concern from law enforcement about combating violent crime and from Democrats about the state’s recent history of mass shootings.
The state Senate on Monday voted 17 to 13 to approve changes in a House-passed compromise version of the bill (H.B. 1927). It now heads to the desk of Gov. Greg Abbott (R), who has said he would sign the legislation.
The measure was touted by Republican supporters as a restoration of a constitutional right for self-defense.
“Texans will ...