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Thursday, 02 May 2019 14:16

Texas Bill Would Allow Permitless Handgun Carry After Disasters

(TNS) — Unlicensed handgun owners would be allowed to carry their weapons — openly or concealed — in public for up to a week in any area where a local, state or federal disaster is declared, under a bill that has been overwhelmingly approved by the Texas House, 102 to 29.

House Bill 1177 by Rep. Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont, now awaits its first hearing in the Texas Senate. Phelan said he wrote the bill so gun owners don’t have to leave their firearms behind when evacuating their homes. Existing laws allow gun owners to store them in their vehicles, with some conditions.

“I don’t want someone to feel like they have to leave their firearms back in an unsecured home for a week or longer, and we all know how looting occurs in storms,” Phelan said. “Entire neighborhoods are empty and these people can just go shopping, and one of the things they’re looking for is firearms.”

Opponents say Phelan’s bill could make a bad situation worse by adding firearms to an already volatile situation.

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https://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/Bill-Would-Let-Unlicensed-Texans-Carry-Handguns-in-Public-After-Disasters.html