However, the Texas Department of Public Safety is required to offer a free, online course in gun safety, but no one is required to take it.
The bill was hotly contested. Law enforcement groups were concerned that permitless carry would endanger officers and make it easier for criminals to get guns. In an attempt to allay those fears, the Senate added several amendments.
Opponents also fear it will result in moregun violence, which has risen drastically. Meanwhile,proponents arguedthatHB 1927could help deter crime. They also argue that at least 20 other states have similar laws.