Texas Senate approves permitless carry of handguns in party-line vote
Dan Patrick presides over the State Senate on Jan. 13, 2021, at the Texas State Capitol, in Austin. - Lynda M. Gonzalez/The Dallas Morning News/TNS

AUSTIN, Texas — Continuing down the path of loosening limits on Texas gun owners, a divided state Senate approved legislation Wednesday to allow holstered handguns to be carried in public, openly or concealed, without a state-issued permit known as a license to carry. House Bill 1927 next returns to the Texas House to consider changes that senators made during almost seven hours of debate, including GOP amendments designed to win support from a handful of reluctant Republicans who, as of last week, were unsure about whether to support the bill. One of those amendments would create stiffer pena...