A bill allowing the licensed open carry of a handgun has passed the Texas legislature, with newly-elected Governor Greg Abbott promising to sign the repeal of a law that dates back to the post-civil war era.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) May 29, 2015
The controversial bill was backed by the National Rifle Association, as noted in the governor’s tweet.
“HB 910 removes the requirement that Concealed Handgun Licensees (CHL) keep their handguns concealed and gives them the option of carrying them either wholly or partially visible in a belt or shoulder holster,” the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action wrote last month.
“The House gave final approval on a mostly party-line 102-43 vote, drawing gleeful whistles from some lawmakers. A short time later, the Senate passed it 20-11, also along party lines, with all Republicans supporting it and all Democrats opposing,” reports the Associated Press.
The legislation was opposed by members of law enforcement who lobbied to attach a last-minute “cop-stop” amendment which would have allowed police to legally approach and ask pistol-wielders for licenses. The amendment was not approved.