The largest law enforcement group in Texas wants lawmakers to drop a restriction on police powers from a bill that would allow the licensed open carry of handguns.
The bill is churning toward passage in the last week of the session and needs only a final House vote to send to Gov. Greg Abbott by June 1.
The Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas objects to a provision that bars police from questioning someone carrying a handgun if they have no other reason to stop them.
Conservatives say Texans should not be stopped for law-abiding activity. Minority lawmakers say the ban would prevent racial profiling.
But police say they should be allowed to determining who is legally carrying a firearm in public or breaking the law.