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Texas Legislative Update!

Friday, April 1, 2005

This week, the Senate approved SB 734, by Senator Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands), an NRA-backed bill which allows hunting to continue on private land, even if the land is annexed by a city which has a ban on the discharge of firearms. The Senate rejected an amendment that would have allowed cities to ban the possession of assault weapons by a 19-8 vote. HB 1364, by Representative Anna Mowery (R-Fort Worth), the House companion bill to SB 734, will be considered by the full House on April 11. Please call your State Representatives and urge them to sign on as co-authors to HB 1364, and to support the bill on the House floor.

Also this week, the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee reported out HB 823, by Representative Terry Keel (R-Austin), an NRA-supported bill which takes significant steps toward allowing law-abiding citizens to carry handguns in their vehicles for protection without a Concealed Handgun License. The bill has not yet been scheduled for House floor action. Please call your State Representatives and urge them to support HB 823.

You can find contact information by using NRA-ILA`s "Write Your Representatives" feature.

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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.