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Texas Senate passes bill allowing permitless carry of firearms

Texas would allow people to carry handguns without a license, and the background check and training that go with it, under a measure approved by the state Senate on Wednesday.
FILE - In this April 14, 2018 file photo, a man wears an unloaded pistol during a pro...
FILE - In this April 14, 2018 file photo, a man wears an unloaded pistol during a pro gun-rights rally in Austin, Texas. In a letter sent to the Senate on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, CEOs from businesses including Airbnb, Twitter and Uber asked Congress to pass a bill to require background checks on all gun sales and a strong red flag law that would allow courts to issue life-saving extreme risk protection orders. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)(Eric Gay | AP)
Published: May. 5, 2021 at 10:42 PM CDT
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(Associated Press) - Texas would allow people to carry handguns without a license, and the background check and training that go with it, under a measure approved by the state Senate on Wednesday.

Texas already has some of the loosest gun laws in the country and has more than 1.6 million handgun license holders.

State lawmakers have gradually reduced classroom and training instruction needed to get one over the last decade.

The bill pushed by the Legislature’s Republican majority would eliminate the handgun license requirement despite objections from law enforcement.

After a final vote, the bill will head back to House for members to consider amendments by the Senate.

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