The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday backed a proposal that combines allowing people to carry concealed firearms without licenses and efforts to improve school safety, despite Democratic arguments that easing gun restrictions would increase violence.
A Senate committee on Monday approved a similar measure, with some gun-rights groups — which want people to be able to openly carry firearms in most public places — calling the proposal “too weak.”
The Republican-dominated House committee voted 16-7 to approve the House version (HB 543), which would allow people to carry concealed guns without going through state licensure, background screening and required training. It also
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