Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN News

Texas RTC Under Attack -- Bush Presidential Bid Real Target

Monday, October 9, 2000

Usually, anti-gun activists oppose Right to Carry laws because those laws focus the public`s attention upon the right of self-defense and the benefits of firearms ownership by law-abiding citizens. But now the laws are being attacked in hopes of generating unfounded public fear and boosting Al Gore`s election chances against Texas Gov. George W. Bush.

The Los Angeles Times chose October 3, the date of the first Bush-Gore presidential debate, to publish a 5,000-word harangue against Texas` carry law--none of the other 30 "shall issue" Right to Carry states or 12 "discretionary-issue" states were attacked. Far beneath the "Felons Get Concealed Gun Licenses Under Bush`s `Tough` Law," headline was the admission that upon receiving out-of-state criminal record information, Texas revoked the permits of the previously-convicted individuals (not one recipient committed a violent crime while having a permit). Buried too was the fact that records upgrades now allow thorough applicant checks to be conducted within 24 hours. The Times also ignored the following:

After 4 years under the Texas law, 99.5% of permitees remain in good standing. Texas` carry law took effect Jan. 1, 1996, and as of Sept. 1, 2000, there were 215,003 active firearm carrying permits in Texas. Only 0.5% of permits have been revoked for any reason, and Texas revokes permits for a variety of reasons including misdemeanor violations that have nothing to do with firearm possession or use. Two permitees have been convicted of murder, but there is no evidence that permits played a role in the crimes.
(See Texas Crime Records Service Concealed Handgun Licensing Section)

George W. Bush has made Texas "safer." Gov. Bush vowed that Texas` Right to Carry law would make the state a "safer place," and statistics prove he was right. Texas` homicide rate has declined to its lowest point since the 1950s and has decreased a startling 60% from the high under his predecessor. Murder rates in Texas fell by 25% between 1995 and 1997, much faster than the 16% decline in states without "shall-issue" laws. Overall, Texas` total violent crime rate has dropped 20% under Gov. Bush and is lower than at any time since 1974.

"Gun crime means hard time. No probation. No parole." That`s the motto of Texas Exile, a year-old program under which nearly 1,000 convicted criminals have been charged for illegal gun possession. Texas Exile was established under a grant approved by Gov. Bush.

Al Gore lies about Texas Right to Carry law, claiming "Bush signed . . . legislation that made it easier to carry these weapons in churches. . . ."


The truth is that permit holders are forbidden to carry guns in churches. The 1997 law Gov. Bush signed created a uniform, clearly-identifiable warning sign requirement for permit holders for all public-access buildings.

After Texas` carry law took effect in 1996, owners of public buildings had the right to post signs stating that concealed handguns were not allowed on their property. Churches were exempt from this warning requirement, because concealed handguns were never permitted in churches.

Recognizing that it is not always obvious which buildings are church property, the 1997 law explicitly made the rule the same for all public buildings. In debating the 1997 modification, the Texas Legislature considered two additional issues--fairly warning permitees before they enter buildings where guns were prohibited and simplifying prosecution of anyone who knowingly violated the law.

America`s police groups endorse Gov. Bush for President. In September, Gov. Bush received the endorsement of the 290,000-member Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). The FOP stated that Gov. Bush "has demonstrated integrity, sincerity, and a genuine commitment to the rule of law. . . . In Texas, Governor Bush has made combating crime a top priority. He pushed through tough criminal justice reforms and, as a result, overall crime in Texas decreased 14%, violent crime decreased 20%, and juvenile crime is down 17%--the first decline in over a decade. Violent juvenile crime is down 44%! . . . The Fraternal Order of Police strongly believes that Governor Bush`s genuine commitment to law enforcement and his crime-fighting record in Texas make him the best candidate for America`s police officers."
(See BUSH WINS F.O.P. ENDORSEMENT)

Gov. Bush has also been endorsed by the 65,000-member Law Enforcement Alliance of America. "Like the FOP membership, our organization chose to ignore the false promises of the Gore campaign in support of Bush because cops know that actions speak louder than words and Gov. Bush has a proven track record of standing up for law enforcement and supporting tough on crime legislation," said LEAA President John Chapman.

The 31 states with "shall issue" carry laws have lower average violent crime rates than states that severely restrict or prohibit the carrying of firearms by law-abiding citizens. Professor John R. Lott, Jr.`s exhaustive study of crime trends in every county in the country demonstrates that Right to Carry laws cause violent crime to decrease.

In all states with Right to Carry laws, people who are issued carry permits are statistically more law-abiding than the general public. As a result, Right to Carry laws are widely supported by lawmakers and law enforcement groups in those states.

The law enforcement view is expressed well by Glenn White, president of the Dallas Police Association. White originally opposed Right To Carry in Texas, but he changed his mind once evidence of the law`s success became available. "All the horror stories I thought would come to pass didn`t happen. . . . I think it`s worked out well, and that says good things about the citizens who have permits. I`m a convert." It also says good things about leaders such as George W. Bush.

IN THIS ARTICLE
Texas Right-To-Carry
TRENDING NOW
Levi’s Teams with Billionaire Michael Bloomberg to Attack Gun Rights

News  

Friday, September 7, 2018

Levi’s Teams with Billionaire Michael Bloomberg to Attack Gun Rights

Levi Strauss & Co. established its brand in the mid-19th century by selling durable clothing to working-class Americans. As Levi’s signature jeans gained popularity amongst a wider set in the middle of the last century, ...

House Democrats Outline Gun Control Agenda for 116th Congress

News  

Friday, November 16, 2018

House Democrats Outline Gun Control Agenda for 116th Congress

With anti-gun Democrats back in control of the House of Representatives come January, now is the time to prepare for a new onslaught on the Second Amendment. Emboldened by the mere thought of controlling the ...

Toledo Mayor Plays Politics With Officer Safety Via New Firearm Procurement Measures

News  

Friday, November 16, 2018

Toledo Mayor Plays Politics With Officer Safety Via New Firearm Procurement Measures

Bad ideas have a way of recurring within gun control circles. And when they do, they are usually accompanied by self-congratulatory rhetoric about their supposedly “innovative” and “forward-thinking” nature. That was certainly the case this ...

NRA Challenges Constitutional Violations in Initiative 1639

News  

Thursday, November 15, 2018

NRA Challenges Constitutional Violations in Initiative 1639

The NRA was joined by the Second Amendment Foundation in filing a lawsuit challenging gun control measures recently passed in Washington ballot initiative I-1639.

Surprise: Physician Group Rehashes Same Tired Gun Control Policies

News  

Friday, November 2, 2018

Surprise: Physician Group Rehashes Same Tired Gun Control Policies

Everyone has hobbies. Some doctors’ collective hobby is opining on firearms policy. Half of the articles in the “Latest from Annals” email from the Annals of Internal Medicine journal are related to firearms. The most prominent of these ...

Missing the Marx: Gun Control’s Future is … Communism?

News  

Friday, November 2, 2018

Missing the Marx: Gun Control’s Future is … Communism?

After every high profile crime committed with a firearm of any sort, there are always calls for gun control. But one particular proposal this week managed to distinguish itself amid the usual din, if only ...

Yes, George Soros is a Gun Grabber

News  

Friday, November 16, 2018

Yes, George Soros is a Gun Grabber

In 2015, billionaire gun control financier and potential 2020 presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg financed the creation of the anti-gun propaganda outlet The Trace. Ever grateful for their wealthy benefactor’s unfettered largesse, the Bloomberg advocacy group now views less-profligate anti-gun tycoons as ...

Midterm Elections Offer Motivation to Continue the Fight For Our Rights

News  

Friday, November 9, 2018

Midterm Elections Offer Motivation to Continue the Fight For Our Rights

The votes have all been cast in the 2018 midterm elections. And while the counting and recounting is still under way in some places, the overall picture that has emerged soundly refutes the breathless media narrative of ...

Indulgences for Hollywood as Movie Studio Buys Gun Offsets

News  

Friday, November 16, 2018

Indulgences for Hollywood as Movie Studio Buys Gun Offsets

In 2014, Hollywood movie mogul and fierce NRA critic Harvey Weinstein appeared to acknowledge the movie industry might be able to have a positive impact by reducing its glorification of criminal violence. Weinstein explained, I have to ...

Former ATF Agent Pulls Mask Off Giffords’s Plans for Federal AR-15 Registration

News  

Friday, November 2, 2018

Former ATF Agent Pulls Mask Off Giffords’s Plans for Federal AR-15 Registration

In an odd turn, just before Halloween one prominent gun control group briefly got out of costume. When former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and husband Mark Kelly launched Americans for Responsible Solutions (now named Giffords) in ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.