Open Carry Bill Passes Texas Senate

House will need to approve the Senate’s version of the bill before it goes to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk.

The Texas Senate voted to approve House Bill 910, which would allow open carry in Texas, during a late evening session Friday.

The bill passed the Senate 20-11. The House passed a nearly identical version of the bill earlier this session, and the House will need to approve the Senate’s version of the bill before it goes to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk.

A move made by the Senate earlier this week blocked police from checking if people carrying openly have a handgun license. The amendment was added back onto the bill before it was passed.

The bill does not include campus carry, but Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said in a statement Friday that the Senate considered attaching campus carry to the bill.

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Lt. Governor Dan Patrick congratulated the Texas Senate for the final passage of Committee Substitute for House Bill 910 (CSHB 910) with a vote of 20 — 11.

“More than two months ago, the Texas Senate approved similar legislation enhancing Second Amendment freedoms on a vote of 20-10,” said Patrick. “With time running out on this legislative session, the Senate has once again stood up for the Second Amendment to ensure law-abiding licensed Texans have the right to open carry.

“While the Senate considered attaching ’campus carry’ to this bill, Speaker Joe Straus has assured the Texas Senate that the House will approve a ’campus carry’ bill in time to be approved by the Senate and sent to the Governor to become law before time runs out on the 84th Legislative Session,” concluded Patrick.

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