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Texas HB 357 - "Constitutional" Carry

Texas HB 357

by Rep. Jonathan Strickland (R)

LEAP Forward Position: Oppose

Ben Philpott, KUT:

Texas allows for the concealed carry of handguns and the open carry of handguns, if owners have a license.

The state also allows for the open, unregulated carry of long guns, like the assault-style weapons like the AR-15 – meaning, you don't need a license.

Gun rights advocates have wanted the state to extend that same privilege to handguns for the last couple of years.

Currently, you have to register and take a training class to get a license to carry a handgun. But there's a push this session to eliminate that license altogether. It's a cause that state Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford) has fought for in the both the 2015 and 2017 legislative sessions.