Texans can carry concealed handguns for the first time since Wild West days under a bill that won final legislative approval Tuesday.
Republican Gov. George W. Bush promised to sign the measure, saying it wouldn’t make Texas a more dangerous place.
“I think for the first time in our state it says to people who feel like they’ve got to carry a weapon that you better be licensed and trained if you’re going to do so, and pay a fee,” he said.
Not since the 1870s could Texans carry concealed guns.
The bill would allow eligible Texans 21 or older to obtain licenses to carry concealed guns. Applicants would have to undergo 10 to 15 hours of training and pass a proficiency exam. A four-year permit would cost $140.