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Texas House passes open carry bill in final vote

BELTSVILLE, MD - JUNE 18: Guns of many varieties are organized by type and caliber for use in training, and to fix malfunctioning guns that are evidence in investigations, in the gun vault at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms National Laboratory Center on June 18, 2013 in Beltsville, Maryland. The laboratory celebrated its 10-year anniversary with an open house for media and bureau interns to highlight the types of studies that ATF investigators from across the country perform at the center. (Photo by T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 6:05 PM PT – Friday, April 16, 2021

Texas lawmakers have passed a bill that would allow adults over 21 years of age to carry a gun without a permit or a license. The ‘Constitutional Carry’ bill passed the State House in a final vote Friday.

The bill seeks to no longer require Texans to take written exams or training tests before purchasing a handgun. Handguns will still be illegal in schools, sporting events and hospitals.

The bill’s sponsor, State Representative Matt Schaefer (R) said the legislation would allow more people to be able to protect themselves and their families.

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