Brazos Valley gun, holster shop owners stress gun safety as Gov. Abbott signs constitutional carry law

The law will go into effect Sept. 1.
Published: Jun. 17, 2021 at 3:22 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 4:47 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - Two Brazos Valley gun and holster stores are stressing the importance of gun safety and education following Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature on the bill involving constitutional carry.

Abbott signed HB 1927, allowing the permit-less carry of a handgun without a license or training.

This bill eliminates the requirement for Texas residents to obtain a license to carry handguns if they’re not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a gun. The signing of the bill seals a win to conservative activists who have long sought the measure without success.

Barry Burdett, owner of Burdett & Son in College Station, says with this bill passing, he knows there may be more interest in firearms and says it is important to know the laws and regulations around them.

“Even with the license, or now soon unlicensed, you are not able to go to hospitals, schools, places that sell certain percentage of alcohol, and government buildings,” said Burdett. “So there’s places that you may not think about that unknowingly you may find yourself carrying on to. There are other laws, like if you’re consuming alcohol things like that. There are some things you need to know about it because even though you didn’t have to have a license to do it you may be opening yet yourself to more liability or committing a crime that you did not expect to be.”

Burdett says it’s also important to make sure you are educated on the safety portions of handling and storing a firearm.

“It’s like anything, whether you’re driving a car or learning a new skill. It is best, if there is some danger involved, to get some education,” said Burdett. “It is always important to make sure that if you’re doing something, you do it safely, ethically, and responsibly.”

Justin Sitz owns Versacarry based out of Bryan. He says they already have had more people reaching out about the holsters they sell.

“We are already seeing some on the phone calls come in from existing customers asking questions, and they are very excited about it, for not only Texans but for the Second Amendment and having the ability to further the rights to bear arms,” said Sitz.

As this law goes into effect on Sept. 1, Burdett says he expects to see an increase in interest, education, and sales at his shop.

“Perhaps more sales, more interest obviously, more people looking for educational firearms who may not of been familiar with it before,” said Burdett. “But day in day out, I think that really a lot of people that are already firearm owners are going to take advantage of the new changes in the law, and we will see really how many new people it brings to the sales side of things.”

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