Ten new pro-gun laws will take effect in Texas in four weeks, less than a month after 22 people died in a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, NBC News reported.
Gov. Greg Abbott signed the measures after they were passed in a 2019 legislative session that the National Rifle Association, called "highly successful" at the time, celebrating that the measures "will further loosen Texas' permissive gun laws" and would send the "gun control crowd home empty-handed."
Texas is home to almost 1.4 million holders of active firearm licenses, and five of the 20 deadliest mass shootings in the United States since 1900 have occurred in the state. Among them is the rampage in El Paso, where authorities said Monday that the number of deaths had risen to 22.
The NRA heavily influenced the political process in Texas and lobbied for all 10 of the new bills, some of which will make it easier to store or carry guns in foster homes and on church and public school grounds.