One of the last remaining hurdles for constitutional carry legislation has been removed, as Gov. Greg Abbott announced he will sign the legislation if it makes it to his desk.
A legislative priority of the Republican Party of Texas, House Bill 1927 would remove the requirement of individuals to hold a gun permit from the state.
That legislation was passed by a bipartisan vote in the Texas House earlier this month. Since then, the bill has met resistance in the Senate.
Last week, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said the bill did not have enough support to be debated in the chamber.
Due to grassroots pressure, Patrick has since created a special Committee on Constitutional Issues and referred the bill to that committee, with a hearing scheduled for Thursday.
During an interview on WBAP on Tuesday, Abbott appeared bullish on the bill’s chances and stated his support for the proposal.
“Once the Senate passes it out, the House and Senate will convene and work out any differences and get it to my desk, and I’ll be signing it,” said Abbott.
“This is something that 20 other states have adopted, and it’s time for Texas to adopt it, too,” he added.