Texas Police Groups Oppose Portion of Open Carry Bill

Fatima Kelley

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.

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