The measure approved by Gov. Greg Abbott allows people 21 and older who can legally have firearms in the state to carry guns in public places without permits. The legislation will enter into force in September.
CNN has reached out to the governor̵
Republican proponents of the unauthorized transportation bill, often referring to it as “constitutional bearing,” claim that by removing the licensing requirement, they remove an artificial barrier to residents’ right to bear arms and ensure more Texans have access to personal protection in public.
Texas already allows citizens to carry rifles openly without licenses. Under Texas law, residents must have licenses to carry open or concealed handguns. As part of the licensing process, residents must submit a fingerprint, undergo a background check, attend a training course and pass a proficiency test for shooting.
CNN previously reported that five other states – Iowa, Tennessee, Montana, Utah and Wyoming – have enacted legislation allowing some form of unauthorized transportation this year.
CNN’s Veronica Stracqualursi and Sara Murray contributed to this report.