Image: Dr. Charles Schwertner (far left), Republican of Bryan, and the Chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Constitutional Issues, spoke in favor of House Bill 1927, at the beginning of the hearing on Thursday, April 29, 2021. After lengthy testimony, with representatives of metropolitan police departments speaking against the measure, the bill passed out of the committee without amendment, on a 5 to 1 vote.
The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Austin, April 30 – The Texas Senate made history on Thursday, April 29, 2021, when the Senate Special Committee on Constitutional Issues passed on a 5 to 1 vote House Bill 1927, the Constitutional Carry legislation which passed the Texas House of Representatives earlier this month with bipartisan support. The Committee conducted a lengthy hearing where several hundred individuals spoke for and against the legislation with representatives of large municipal police departments speaking against the measure.
The highlight of the hearing occurred when the Committee Chairman, Dr. Charles Schwertner, Republican of Bryan, spoke in favor of the legislation. “As a Constitutional Conservative, I have always supported the Constitution and support this Constitutional Carry bill,” Schwertner made clear to the packed Committee room.
Although he has supported gun control and anti-Constitution measures in the past, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick eventually succumbed to enormous citizen pressure in support of House Bill 1927, when Patrick appointed the special committee and referred only this one bill to it for hearing and consideration.
Senator Brandon Creighton, Republican of Conroe, issued a statement after the Special Committee, on which he serves, approved the legislation:
“I am a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment and have passed dozens of bills expanding and affirming Texans’ rights to purchase, carry, transport, and bear arms. The U.S. Supreme Court has continuously held that states have the authority to determine the extent to which firearms are regulated, if at all.
“Currently, 19 other states have constitutional carry— which means Texans are denied constitutional rights that millions of our fellow citizens are afforded. The bill that we considered today is long overdue. That was only reinforced by the hundreds of Texans who came to testify in favor of the bill. We heard from members of the military, single mothers, heroes who saved lives in Sutherland Springs, crime and domestic violence survivors, and hundreds of everyday citizens.
“I want to thank Rep. Matt Schaefer, Speaker Dade Phelan, and Senator Dr. Charles Schwertner for advancing this bill. This week, Governor Greg Abbott committed to signing this bill into law if passed. For those of us who have been advocating for constitutional carry in Texas, today’s hearing was a giant step forward. There are still several more steps to get this bill across the finish line, and I look forward to debate and consideration on the Senate floor.”