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Texas Legislature 2021

Texas Republican leaders promised action on gun safety after the El Paso shooting. Instead, they passed permitless carry.

The Legislature passed a bill allowing Texans to carry handguns without a license or training — an expansion of gun rights so divisive Republican leaders in previous years refused to touch it.

A M&P Shield handgun, small enough to be ideal for conceal carry, in Austin on April 23, 2021.
Gov. Greg Abbott prays after a vigil at a Catholic church as El Paso Mayor Dee Margo stands in the back, Saturday, August 3,…

Democrats’ legislation fails

“When the doors were closed, I heard lots of promises. I haven’t heard them since.”

— state Rep. Joe Moody, D-El Paso

Report Recommendations

Flanked by El Paso lawmakers, Gov. Greg Abbott talks to the press after meeting with state legislators on Wednesday, August …

Political pressure

“I can’t imagine a worse slap in the face to all those people who have advocated, to the victims and to the family of those victims.”

— state Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie

El Paso lawmakers hopeful

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