A mass shooting Tuesday that killed at least 19 children and two teachers at a Texas elementary school came less than a year after legislators drastically expanded gun rights.

Pledging to keep Texas a “bastion of freedom,” Gov. Greg Abbott in June signed seven laws, one of which allows people to legally carry handguns without licenses.

“Texas will always be the leader in defending the Second Amendment, which is why we built a barrier around gun rights this session,” Abbott said that day, flanked by representatives of the National Rifle Association.

One of the laws passed last year authorizes so-called constitutional carry, which means law-abiding Texans, 21 or older, no longer need a license to carry a handgun in public. The law went into effect Sept. 1.

Another new law made Texas a “Second Amendment Sanctuary State” against new federal gun-control regulations.

Other laws made it legal for hotel guests to store firearms in their rooms and allowed gun owners to carry firearms in their holsters of choice.

The series of gun-rights laws has come under scrutiny in the wake of a massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, about 80 miles west of San Antonio.

Read Full Story
NBC News Rating

Share this:

Leave a Reply