Texas in the United States approved a law that allows anyone to carry a gun in a public place legally, even without a permit.
It was signed by their governor Greg Abbott, who is included in a series of laws expanding gun rights in conservative U.S. states.
Here, those aged 21 and over will be allowed to use firearms without a permit unless the resident is prohibited from carrying them.
It will be enacted on September 1.
According to HB1927, enacted by the Republican-dominated Senate and House of Representatives, the United States and Texas Constitutions allow their citizens to carry firearms and are required to ease restrictions on it.
Abbott had previously said he would sign the law if it was approved by the senate and congress.
“This is something that 20 other states have adopted, and it’s time for Texas to adopt it, too,” said Abbott.
But this is something that Democrats oppose because it could result in more violence.
Texas passed law that allows residents to carry gun without permit
Examples include the mass shootings in Austin where 1 was killed, 13 were injured, and the gun massacre at Walmart in El Paso where 23 were killed and 23 others were injured.
Texas Rep. Veronica Escobar opposed.
“Despite overwhelming support for gun violence prevention legislation, Republicans, led by a cowardly governor, are more interested in groveling for the gun lobby’s attention than they are in preventing gun violence and honoring victims and survivors in El Paso and across Texas,” he said in a tweet.
State Rep. Vikki Goodwin called for a veto of the law after the Austin shooting.
“We cannot ignore the pattern of gun violence that we have seen again and again…We must intervene to break this cycle,” she said.
According to some studies, the United States has had more mass shootings than any other country. However, they accounted for less than two-tenths of 1% (0.2%) of homicides between 2000 and 2016. Shooters generally either die by suicide afterward or are restrained or killed by law enforcement officers or civilians.