Bill allowing unlicensed gun owners to carry advances

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One day after a House committee approved a bill that would greatly expand the rights of Texans to openly carry a handgun, both the bill’s author and the chairman of the panel that gave it a thumbs-up said the measure needs work before it clears its next legislative hurdle. “This bill is still undergoing an evolutionary process and I’m doing a lot of listening,” said state Rep. James White, an East Texas Republican who steered House Bill 1191 through the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee on Tuesday.

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