Texas is poised to remove one of its last major gun restrictions after lawmakers approved allowing people to carry handguns without a license, and the background check and training that go with it.

The Question of the Week is: Should gun owners be allowed to carry handguns without any special permits, training or background checks?

• Yes, it is our right as U.S. citizens
• No, it endangers the public

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(19) comments

Joe Glasser

I am a 65 yr. old male independent/conservative male. In ref. to the state allowing any citizen to carry is a insane idea. I am also a former police officer and a Private Investigator. Although I do stand with the 2nd amendment, I do have the brain cells required to understand that this amendment was ratified December 15th, 1791, this was 230 years ago. The amendment confers that: a individual to possess a firearm for traditionally lawful purposes such as self defense. Now keep in mind that when this amendment was written when there was not 360 million American's in this country. And according to a 20212 US Justic dept. study they have found that in America all the state criminal repositories all together contain over 100 million criminal records and that in the last 3 decades (30 Years) that, nearly one-third of the adult working age population has a criminal record. Now, I don't know about how the 2 thirds of the adult population that does not have a criminal record feels about the state of Texas allowing "Any" person the wright to carry without (ANY form) of training or background check is simply INSANE! I feel that everyone who decides to carry a firearm for personal protection should at least go through the same criminal background check as the city, state and federal law enforcement employee's and the same background check the state requires for Armend Security Offices and Personal Protections Security personnel to through. Hope people agree with me...I'm just saying...

Joe Glasser

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P.S. I also believe anyone who has a clear criminal record and decide to carry, they should not only be forced to get a background check through the county sheriffs office, but they should also provide the county sheriff, proof that the citizens also is covered with the same full liability insurance coverage as required for Police officers, Private Investigators and armed security personnel.

Mary Gillespie

Joe Glasser, the Constitution says Shall. Not. Be. Infringed.

Everything you're suggesting is an infringement.

Gary Scoggin

It also says “well regulated militia”.

Carlos Ponce

Read the Supreme Court decision in Heller v DC.

"The Amendment’s prefatory clause announces a purpose, butdoes not limit or expand the scope of the second part, the operative clause. The operative clause’s text and history demonstrate that it connotes an individual right to keep and bear arms."

https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/07pdf/07-290.pdf

Stuart Crouch

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Bailey Jones

No. They should not. Guns make it extremely easy for people to kill each other. It's worth the effort of a background check and safety training before some yahoo decides he needs a gun to go to Denny's.

Bill Sterchi

Need I remind you of the circumstances that transpired in a Luby's Cafeteria some

years back? By the way, I am a Licensed Concealed Carrier and I TAKE MY GUN EVERYWHERE. In today's pathetic society, you never know when or where some nut job is going to start a rampage and I have no intent of becoming a victim.

Bailey Jones

It's not you or the other responsible gun toters who will be the problem. You got a license. You had a background check, and, I presume, you had some training.

Carlos Ponce

Do the bad guys have a license, a background check, and training?

Carlos Ponce

Currently we have a group of individuals who already carry handguns without any special permits, training or background checks. They are the bad guys, criminals.

Nick Saum

It’s not the law abiding people I’m worried about. It’s the people who are not educated in gun safety and leave it visible in their purse where it’s grabbed by a bad actor and used against others. The more cars we have on the road, the more accidents we will have. It’s just statistics. The more guns people are carrying around everywhere the more opportunities for bad actors to get their hands on guns.

Stuart Crouch

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Bill Sterchi

You hit that one perfectly Nick!

Don Schlessinger

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Gary Miller

Congress is finally giving honest law abiding citizens the same gun rights as common criminals. Armed victims are already killing criminals at a 1,400% greater rate than we did in 2000 according to the FBI uniform crime report. Crime is becoming a hazardous activity.

Dwight Burns

The US Congress is not passing this. Governor Abbott and the Texas Legislature passed this potential 'killer' bill into Law.

Dwight Burns

Texas seems to be full of bad Bill's being signed into Law these days. This is just one.

Everybody packing is about as crazy as it gets. I, for one, don't think this Law has much staying power on the books. I could be wrong though.

Carlos Ponce

So Dwight doesn't like the Bill of Rights, Amendment 2.......

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