Find Your State Representative & Contact Them Immediately! (House will be working on Memorial Day)
The Texas House will take up and consider Senate Bill 11, campus carry legislation, sponsored by state Senator Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury) & state Representative Allen Fletcher (R-Tomball), on Tuesday, May 26. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and gun control advocates are pulling out all the stops to defeat this important self-defense measure! It is critical that you contact and urge your State Representative to SUPPORT SB 11 and to OPPOSE restrictive amendments that opponents will try to add to the bill.
Senate Bill 11 removes restrictions in state law that prohibit law-abiding Concealed Handgun Licensees from protecting themselves on college and university campuses. This bill is NOT, as the anti-gun crowd wrongfully claims, about hordes of underage students "packing heat" in backpacks. This is about removing a limit on self-defense for adults 21 or older who live, work or study on a campus and who have passed a background check, completed firearms training and been issued a license by the state's top law enforcement agency.
Open Carry Passes Texas Senate
Late on Friday, after hours of debate, the Texas Senate passed House Bill 910, sponsored by state Representative Larry Phillips (R-Sherman) & state Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls), on a 19-12 vote. NRA-supported HB 910 removes the requirement that Concealed Handgun Licensees (CHLs) keep their handguns concealed and gives them the option of carrying them either wholly or partially visible in a belt or shoulder holster. After having established a 20-year record of law-abiding and responsible behavior, Texas CHLs have earned this personal protection option that 43 states currently allow. The Senate made changes to the measure, so it will now have to go back to the House for agreement on those amendments. Your NRA-ILA will keep you posted on the progress of this important bill during this last week of session. Thank you to Lt. Governor Dan Patrick (R), bill sponsor Sen. Estes and the other 18 Republicans who supported this measure.