AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa issued a statement on House Bill 1927 before the bill’s expected vote on the Senate floor Wednesday:
“Today, by allowing dangerous permitless carry legislation to move forward, disgraced Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is setting Texans up to lose more loved ones to gun violence. Texas Republicans continue to be a major threat to public safety, this time attempting to remove all requirements for people to carry a handgun in public. The majority of Texans do not support permitless carry. This law would further embolden hate groups and white supremacist organizations who thrive off of intimidation tactics and sowing distrust in institutions of public safety.
“After El Paso, Midland-Odessa, and so many other horrific incidents of mass gun violence, Gov. Abbott and Texas Republican leaders have quickly forgotten all those whose lives have been lost to gun violence. Their blatant disregard for Texans’ safety is appalling. These Republican politicians continue to endanger innocent people across this state to score political points.
“This entire bill ignores the realities that people of color face in everyday situations that involve guns. Our lives are not a commodity and they cannot be traded for the influence and money of the gun lobby. This bill must be defeated for the safety of Texans everywhere.”