Texas Governor Signs Bill to Drop Handgun Licensing Requirements

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    Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed a series of gun-related bills into law, included one that lets people carry handguns without first getting a background check and training.

    Abbott signed the bills at the Alamo in San Antonio on Thursday. They take effect September 1.

    He signed them over the objections of law enforcement groups who say the change will endanger the public and police.

    “We support the right of every law abiding American to be able to have a weapon to defend themselves,” said Abbott. “That is different from teenagers unlawfully getting access to guns to commit crimes. Those are people who deserve to be behind bars for the rest of their lives.”

    The measures are backed by gun-rights groups like the National Rifle Association, who argue it will allow Texans to better defend themselves and remove hurdles to the constitutional right to bear arms.

    NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre was among those present at the ceremony.

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