Gun Owners of America Texas Director Rachel Malone released the following statement after Rep. Kyle Biedermann announced that he will file Constitutional Carry in Texas’ 87th Legislative Session:
“I am thrilled that Rep. Biedermann has committed to filing Constitutional Carry legislation. This is great news for Texas because Constitutional Carry promotes safety and equality while upholding our God-given, Constitutionally-guaranteed right to keep and bear arms.
“Earlier today, Rep. Biedermann said: ‘Our Constitution was written to ensure certain rights of all citizens. Everyone has the right to life and to protect that life from harm. No one should have to pay a fee or get permission from the government before being able to do so legally. I look forward to working with my colleagues to restore the rights of all Texans.’
“I agree with Rep. Biedermann: if you are not prohibited from possessing a handgun, you should not be prohibited from carrying it. Texas still requires those who legally own a handgun to get a government permit to carry that handgun. This permit requirement does not stop criminals; it only disarms victims and makes it harder for certain classes of Texans to keep themselves and their families safe.
“Rep. Biedermann’s Constitutional Carry legislation will make it easier for law-abiding Texans to be their own first defenders.
“With over 30 states allowing those who legally possess handguns to carry them openly without a permit, and many states also allowing concealed carry without a permit, Texas can no longer stand idly by. Now is the time for the Lone Star State to take the lead.
“Rep. Biedermann is standing strong to help Texas take the lead on Constitutional Carry, and Gun Owners of America stands with Rep. Biedermann. I look forward to working with the 87th Legislature to pass this legislation, which will help keep Texas strong and safe.”
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