House committee approves modified permitless carry legislation

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After a similar bill failed at the Capitol in 2015, a measure that would allow Texans to carry a firearm without a permit is headed to the full Texas House. The House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee on Tuesday approved a modified version of House Bill 1911 by state Rep. James White, R-Hillister, by a 6-2 party line vote. The original version of the bill would have let anyone 18 or older carry a firearm in Texas without a permit. The version approved Tuesday bumps up the age to 21 and adds other restrictions already in place for concealed carry permits — such as having no felony...

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