AUSTIN, Texas - Austin’s Interim Police Chief Joseph Chacon has spoken out against a bill to allow Texans to carry handguns in public without a license or permit.
Several chiefs and police associations from across the state have already come out against it—including chiefs in Dallas and San Marcos. Chacon has yet to weigh in officially, but he was present at a rally against the bill earlier this month. Many chiefs say if this legislation passes, it would make officers’ jobs even more difficult.
But as police try to pump the brakes on permitless carry, it’s getting the green light from Gov. Greg Abbott. After being mum about his position so far, on a North Texas radio show Wednesday Abbott said he would sign the bill. 20 other states have already adopted similar laws.
A Senate committee will debate the proposal later Thursday. The full House has already passed its version of the bill.