Texas Governor Greg Abbott stopped by ‘Hannity’ Wednesday night to discuss Joe Biden’s escalating border crisis; saying local authorities are going to start “arresting everybody” illegally entering the United States.
“I don’t think this has ever happened before. We’re about to change the way Texas addresses the challenges on the border. We’re going to start increasing arrests,” said Abbott.
“I’m being very clear. The law that I’m going to be used will be legal ways where Texas is going to start arresting everybody coming across the border. They’re going to be spending half a year in jail,” he added.
Watch Abbott on ‘Hannity’ above.
LONE STAR RE-OPENS: Texas Gov Ends Mask Mandate, Says ALL Businesses to Open 100% Next Week
Texas Governor Greg Abbott officially ended his state’s mask-mandate Tuesday afternoon; saying all businesses of any type can reopen at 100% capacity starting next Wednesday.
“Effective next Wednesday, all businesses of any type are allowed to open 100%. That includes any type of entity in Texas. Also, I’m ending the statewide mask mandate,” said the Governor.
BREAKING: TX Gov @GregAbbott_TX rescinds state mask mandate and says ALL businesses can open 100%
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) March 2, 2021
BREAKING: Gov. Abbott moves to "open Texas 100%," ends state mask mandate https://t.co/yYJhvRCNhr
— Austin Statesman (@statesman) March 2, 2021
“People and businesses don’t need the state telling them how to operate,” Abbott said.
“Today Texas will report a new one day record for the number of people receiving vaccines—more than 216,000,” he tweeted. “We are now providing more than 1 million vaccines a week. This is a big reason why hospitalizations are at the lowest level in four months.”
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
LONE STAR RIGHTS: Texas Handgun Carry Bill Moves Forward, ‘US Constitution is My Permit’
From Fox News:
The Texas Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would remove permit requirements for people to carry handguns in public, moving the bill one step closer to becoming law.
The Texas Senate version of the bill, passed on a party-line vote, according to FOX 4, differs slightly from similar legislation already passed by the state’s House. That means the chambers will have to resolve their differences or the House will have to simply adopt the Senate bill, though it is expected to eventually make it to Gov. Greg Abbott‘s desk.
“People are already allowed to have constitutional carry for long guns in the state of Texas. This just adds handguns, someone has to still go through a background check when they buy a handgun,” Abbott said of the bill, according to FOX 4.
Republican supporters of the bill noted that the bill does not change the requirements for people to buy handguns. It only removes the permit requirements to carry guns in public.
“This bill doesn’t change public safety laws. Individuals currently prohibited from possessing a firearm will still be prohibited. Openly carrying a handgun in places where carrying is now restricted, like schools, polling places, & hospitals remain prohibited,” the Texas Senate GOP tweeted. “HB 1927 does not impact the purchase or transfer of a firearm, background checks required to purchase a firearm, and the ability of business and private property owners to exclude the use of handguns on their property.”
State Sen. Charles Schwertner, a Republican and the chief sponsor of the bill, implored fellow legislators to take action to expand gun rights in a speech ahead of the bill’s Senate passage.
“We cannot allow another session to come and go where we pay lip service to the Second Amendment while failing to fully restore and protect the God-given rights to our citizens,” he said. Schwertner continued to say that the bill “represents one fo the most significant efforts to secure the rights of gun owners that I’ve seen in more than 10 years serving in the Texas legislature.”
Read the full report here.