The Texas House on Thursday gave initial approval to a bill that would allow Texans to carry handguns without a permit or training.

After hours of debate, House Bill 1927, led by Rep. Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler.), passed 84–56 largely along party lines, in a blow to Democrats who have long railed against loosening gun laws after the 2019 mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart.

 

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