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Gov. Greg Abbott Confident Legislature Will Pass Constitutional Carry Bill: "I Think It Can Get Across The Finish Line"

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The full Texas Senate could consider House Bill 1927 as early as Wednesday, May 5 after it was approved by a newly formed, special committee on Constitutional Issues.

Video Transcript

- Today, Governor Greg Abbott expressed his confidence that a permit-less or what they call constitutional carry bill will pass the legislature this session. If it is, in fact, approved, it would, basically, allow people to carry handguns in public. You wouldn't have to get a license. You wouldn't have to have any training, and you wouldn't have to pass a test either. All of those are required as of right now. Political reporter Jack Fink with the story only with five o'clock.

- Listen, I'm thinking it can get across the finish line.

- In Frisco, Governor Abbott told reporters that 20 other states already have constitutional [? quire, ?] allowing residents to carry handguns in public without a license or training, and that it's already allowed in Texas for long guns. He said he heard concerns about similar legislation years ago before lawmakers eased restrictions.

- Because remember when we passed open carry and campus carry. People said it's going to be the OK corral. None of that happened, so I don't think there's going to be any bad side effect to it. And I feel pretty good about it passing.

- Campus carry allowed people to carry a concealed firearm on public universities and colleges as long as they were licensed. Many police chiefs, including Eddie Garcia of Dallas, previously held a news conference to oppose constitutional carry for handguns, saying training people how to use firearms should still be required. Late last week, police chiefs held another news conference at the Texas Capitol to voice their concerns about these House and Senate bills.

JIMMY PERDUE: Both of these bills in their current form would eliminate the current reasonable license to carry permit favor process in favor of an unreasonable and unsafe permit-less carry authority.

- Democrats, including Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa, have also rejected the legislation.

GILBERTO HINOJOSA: A really improper use of our legislative process to appease the far right wing of their party and the National Rifle Association.

JACK FINK: The full Texas Senate may debate and vote on this bill as early as tomorrow. Last week, the Lieutenant governor said he was still short the votes needed to pass the measure, but he said he was still looking to find more support. Jack Fink, CBS 11 News.