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Texas Moves Ever Closer to Enacting Constitutional Carry

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The Second Amendment seems simple and absolute, and that was pretty much the point.

The right to bear arms is designed to be infallible, and act as an unbeatable insurance policy for the rest of the bill of rights.  Of course, the last several decades of liberal policy making has been unkind to the Constitution, with Democrats constantly and consistently attempting to make it more difficult, expensive, or annoying to own and carry a firearm.

In Texas, however, they are going the other direction.

The Republican-led effort to allow Texans to carry handguns without any kind of license cleared what is likely its biggest remaining hurdle in the Capitol on Wednesday, when the Texas Senate moved in a nail-biter vote to bring the measure to the floor and then passed it.

The measure – already passed by the Texas House – heads to a conference committee for the two chambers to hash out their differences, unless the House accepts the Senate amendments. Then, the bill heads to Gov. Greg Abbott, who said last week he would sign the permitless carry bill into law.

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House Bill 1927 would nix the requirement for Texas residents to obtain a license to carry handguns if they’re not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a gun. The Senate approved the bill in a 18-13 vote along party lines, less than a week after it sailed out of a committee created to specifically to tackle the legislation.

Second Amendment advocates have long considered “constitutional carry” to be the ultimate expression of the Second Amendment, and to see the practice spread is a good sign for things to come.

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.