In Houston, Texas, gun laws are changing soon. The new law allows people to legally carry a gun without a permit.
Gun laws in Texas
Since 1995, there has been the right to carry a gun in public. George W. Bush was the governor at the time and signed that into law. In later years, more gun-friendly legislation has become law. The Texas Motorist Protection Act of 2007 allows people without a handgun license to have a firearm in their vehicle. It’s been legal to carry guns on state university campuses since 2015, but people still needed a license to carry a gun outside.
The new law allows anyone to carry a gun in their holster without a permit. The person still has to be able to legally carry a firearm.
What the new Texas gun law means
Texas joins 19 other states that allow people to carry a gun in their holster without a permit. A person can get a permit to carry for some extra gun safety classes as well. However, it’s important to note that the eligibility for gun ownership hasn’t changed. Anyone who wants a handgun license in Texas must be 21 years old and can’t have served time for a violent felony within the last five years. The new law keeps the terms of getting a gun the same and increases the list of criminal offenses to block someone from getting a gun. Misdemeanors and other offenses that bar a license include deadly conduct, causing bodily harm, disorderly conduct with a firearm and terroristic threat.
The law also allows police to question a person with a gun if they are acting suspiciously. However, a person walking down the street doesn’t have to say why they have a gun if they exercise their right to remain silent and avoid self-incrimination.