2021 gun violence news

New Law Allows Texas Residents To Carry Guns With Or Without A Permit Or Training!

-Brittany Hennis-


A new law now allow residents of Texas to now carry firearms without a permit or training!

As per CNN new pro-gun law in Texas went into effect, which allows most residents to legally own a firearm. To carry it openly in public, without obtaining a permit or training, a measure that experts say will make it more challenging for law enforcement to protect the public from gun violence. 

The controversial constitutional carry legislation, is the latest in a series of pro-gun bills that state law makers passed this year, as gun violence incidents rise in Texas and across the country. The number of shootings have increased by 14% and that does not include suicides. An estimated 3,200 shootings are currently compared to in 2020, which recorded about 2,800 shootings, according to data from the Gun Violence Archive. Gun violence incidents this year represent a 50% increase over the same period in 2019, about 2,100 shootings, the data shows. 

Earlier this year, CNN reported Texas law enforcement officials held a news conference in Austin, to oppose the so-called “constitutional carry” legislation. They included Garcia, the Dallas police chief, and Doug Griffith, president of the Houston Police Officers Union. “A minimum level of training is not asking too much for carrying a firearm and it is consistent with the second Amendment,” Garcia said at the news conference. “It makes our job, the job of our men and women, more dangerous. Gun owners have a duty to ensure that their firearms are handled safely and a duty to know applicable laws.” 

If an individual is seen carrying a firearm at a protest or a store, there is little that law enforcement can do unless the person is acting in an illegal manner, according to Karwoski, of Everytown. 

We pray that the residents of Texas will use this new law as a positive and not a negative.

Cousins, what are your thoughts on Texas’ new gun law?

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