Texas Democrats on Republicans’ Dangerous and Irresponsible Permitless Carry Law

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued a statement today as permitless carry goes into effect across the state of Texas:

“Two years ago in August, a domestic terrorist killed 23 El Pasoans and injured dozens more in a racially-motivated attack on Texas Latinos. And two years ago nearly to the day, yet another mass shooting plunged Midland-Odessa into tragedy.

“Back then, Gov. Abbott pledged legislation that would protect fellow Texans from gun violence and attacks like these. Yet he and other Republicans have gone in precisely the opposite direction. Today, their actions have only emboldened domestic terrorists, and paved the way for more pain as reckless Republican legislation clears a path for further gun violence.

“Texas’ permitless carry law strips away even the most basic gun safety precautions and is the ultimate slap in the face to the families, friends and communities who have lost loved ones to gun violence.

“The Republicans’ blatant disregard for the lives of our children and other fellow Texans is outright appalling. They may have traded their souls to the gun lobby, but our lives here in Texas will never be for sale.

“We will continue to see laws that go against the best interest of Texans so long as the Texas legislature is held captive by the GOP. Texas Republicans are continuing to do what they do best — put the lives of every fellow Texan in immediate danger.”