Texas governor calls special session, leaves out constitutional carry
By Chris Eger
Gov. Abbott said, “if I am going to call a special session, I intend to make it count,” but did not address pleas from Second Amendment advocates to add constitutional carry to his agenda this week. (Photo: Gov. Abbott’s office)
Gov. Greg Abbott is calling Lone Star State lawmakers back to work, but gun carry reform did not make his list of 20 action items to focus on.
While a few pro-gun bills passed the legislature earlier this year, two proposals in the Texas House that would have brought permitless carry to the state were left to stagnate, prompting gun rights groups to call on Abbott to convene a special session. The first-term Republican did pull legislators back in session late Tuesday but his marching orders covering everything from a pay increase for teachers to cracking down on mail-in ballot fraud left out any mention of constitutional carry.
“A special session was entirely avoidable, and there was plenty of time for the legislature to forge compromises to avoid the time and taxpayer expense of a special session,” said Abbott. “As Governor, if I am going to call a special session, I intend to make it count.”
State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, the author of HB