I’m Edwin Walker, Independent Program Attorney for U.S. LawShield. If you’re watching this video, you’ve probably heard that constitutional carry is coming to Texas. This is true. A bill providing for constitutional carry, or permitless carry as it’s also known, has passed the Texas House of Representatives. It has also passed the Texas Senate, which means it is on its way to the desk of Governor Abbott. Governor Abbott may sign the bill tomorrow. He may sign it next week. But rest assured, he will sign it.
Now, does that mean that you can carry a handgun without a license right now, here in the state of Texas? No, it does not. So I want to advise everyone out there, if you do not yet have a Texas license to carry, or a license to carry from another state that Texas recognizes, you are not allowed to carry a handgun on your person at this moment. In fact, even after Governor Abbott does sign the bill, you will not be allowed to carry that handgun without a license immediately. That is because the bill contains an effective date and that effective date is September 1st, 2021. Only after that date, will you then be allowed to carry a handgun, assuming that you’re over the age of 21, you are not prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm, and you have not been convicted of certain misdemeanors within the last five years.
Rest assured that we here at U.S. LawShield will keep you updated on the progress of this law.