Gun safety volunteers mobilize ahead of new unlicensed transportation law


Dressed in their signature red t-shirts, volunteers from the gun safety organization Moms Demand Action hit the sidewalk to speak with people from across the state. These volunteers are not advocating for legislation or a candidate, but instead work with business owners to put up new posters for stores ahead of an extreme new gun law in Texas.

As of today, the license-free deferral takes effect in Texas. It is one of more than 600 new laws that will impact the state. Abbott signed HB 1927 in June, and it allows anyone in the state of Texas over the age of 21 to carry a handgun in public without a license.

Norri Leder is a volunteer with the Dallas chapter of Moms Demand Action who has been actively involved in the campaign to prepare businesses for the new unlicensed porterage law. She spoke to Texas Signal about the business.

“We’re working really hard across the state to make sure businesses know they can ban this, that they have an agency on their premises for reasons of public safety,” Leder said. She noted that many companies have been grateful for the volunteer effort. “It’s not a difficult discussion to have,” Leder continued. According to Leder, several stores were already aware of the new law and were planning to display new signs.

Moms Demand Action has tried to make it as easy as possible for businesses interested in banning unlicensed firearms on their premises. There are links on their website to download or send to a printer. Currently, Texas is the only state in the country that requires a sign to ban guns on private property.

Yet this is another ordeal for businesses that have gone through nearly a year and a half of uncertainty amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s another slap in the face for business owners,” Leder added.

A Moms Demand Action poll shows 81 percent of Texans support the old authorization system. Law enforcement officials also expressed their opposition to unlicensed transport. “It’s really maddening to see them doing this and ignoring what all Texans want and what responsible gun owners want,” Leder said.

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