House Bill 1927 eliminates the requirement for Texas residents to obtain a license to carry handguns if they’re not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a gun.

House Bill 1927 eliminates the requirement for residents to obtain a license to carry handguns if they’re not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a gun.

A state law goes into effect Wednesday removing the license requirement to carry a handgun.

House Bill 1927, which was authored by state Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, was signed by Gov. Greg Abbott in June and takes away the need for Texans (ages 21 and up) to get a license to carry handguns except for those not allowed to carry a firearm based on state or federal law.

Under this law, background checks will still be required for those purchasing a firearm. Those who are prohibited from having a handgun, such as convicted felons or those convicted of certain assault offenses, are still not allowed to have the gun, Schaefer said earlier this year.

Places like schools and theaters where handguns are not allowed will still be prohibited as well. Business owners and private property owners will still have the choice to exclude handguns on their property, Schaefer said.

Federal background checks will still be in place before someone buys a firearm.

Before HB 1927, Texans have been required to have a license to carry handguns openly or concealed.

The Texas Tribune said license applicants had to submit fingerprints, complete four to six hours of training and pass a written exam and a shooting proficiency test.

A license is not required to openly carry a rifle in public in Texas.

In 2016, open carry became law in Texas, which eliminated the requirement for licensed gun owners to conceal their gun and allowed a licensed person to wear the gun in a holster visible to others.

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