Texas to allow people to carry handguns without background checks

Posted at 4:01 PM, Jun 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-17 16:01:23-04

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas will now let people carry handguns without first getting a background check and training.
It's the latest and largest on a growing list of states to roll back permitting requirements for carrying guns in public.

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott held a ceremonial bill signing at the Alamo in San Antonio on Thursday. He signed the bill over the objections of law enforcement groups who say the change will endanger the public and police.

It’s backed by gun rights groups including the National Rifle Association. Tennessee, Utah and Iowa have passed similar bills this year, and GOP-controlled legislatures in Pennsylvania and Ohio are considering similar measures.