On the heels of a deadly shooting in Uvalde, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that people have a constitutional right to carry handguns for self-defense.
The decision, which struck down a New York gun law restricting concealed carry of handguns, will have broad implications in states and cities with strict gun laws. But it won’t impact gun regulation in Texas, which has far more lenient rules.
Texans 21 and older can openly carry handguns without a license or training if they are not legally prevented from doing so by the state. The permitless carry law passed in 2021, part of GOP lawmakers’ efforts to loosen gun restrictions in recent legislative sessions.