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Texas: House Committee to Hear Two Gun Control Measures on Tuesday

Monday, April 10, 2017

Texas: House Committee to Hear Two Gun Control Measures on Tuesday

Proposed Legislation Expands Gun-Free Zones & Makes it Easier for Business Owners to Ban LTCs 

An unprecedented amount of anti-gun legislation has been introduced this legislative session; your action and participation will be necessary to help defeat it!  On Tuesday, April 11, the Texas House Committee on Homeland Security & Public Safety will consider two restrictive firearms bills: HB 255, sponsored by Rep. Raphael Anchia (D-Dallas), and HB 899, sponsored by Rep. Poncho Nevarez (D-Eagle Pass).  The public hearing will take place at 8:00am in Room E2.014 of the Texas Capitol.  Please contact committee members in opposition to both bills and make plans to attend this hearing to speak out against these gun control measures!


HB 255 would expand the prohibited places that apply to License to Carry (LTC) holders in Penal Code Section 46.035 to include facilities such as golf courses, amphitheaters, auditoriums, theaters, museums, zoos, civic centers and convention centers, provided they are posted off-limits.  Private property owners already have the right to restrict access by LTCs in these locations by posting a 30.06 or 30.07 sign.  HB 255 would essentially repeal portions of SB 273 which passed last session and grant local governmental entities the authority to ban licensees from these same public (taxpayer-owned) properties.  This would include the convention center in downtown Dallas, where NRA's Annual Meeting will be held in 2018.  (Here's a link to a report on passage of HB 273 from 2015.)

HB 899 repeals the current 30.06 and 30.07 signage requirements that apply to LTCs and directs the Department of Public Safety to adopt rules and specifications for posting that can't exceed the size of an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper.  It also requires the agency to make these signs available for downloading from their website.  This bill takes us backward more than two decades to the days of the pictogram signs -- an image of a gun with a red circle around it and a line through it -- that popped up all over Texas immediately after the Concealed Handgun License law passed in 1995.  Eliminating the current 30.06 and 30.07 signs and replacing them with more convenient ways for property owners to exclude licensees has been an ongoing project of ex-NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's national gun control groups, Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action.  Current law should not be changed because it strikes a reasonable balance between property owners' rights and individuals' self-defense rights.  The existing 30.06 signs have been around for more than twenty years, are easily identifiable and provide effective notice to licensees wherever they go.  LTCs -- and property owners -- deserve the uniformity and consistency they provide.

Please call the members of the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee and urge them to oppose both HB 255 and HB 899!

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Washington: Trigger Modification Ban Passes Committee

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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Eighteen States, Law Enforcement, Doctors, and Firearm Rights Groups File Amicus Briefs in Lawsuit Challenging California 10+ Magazine Ban

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Eighteen States, Law Enforcement, Doctors, and Firearm Rights Groups File Amicus Briefs in Lawsuit Challenging California 10+ Magazine Ban

On Friday, January 12, several amicus briefs were filed in the NRA and CRPA supported lawsuit challenging California’s restrictions against magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. The lawsuit, titled Duncan v. Becerra, challenges California’s ...

Democrats' Exciting New Hope Adheres to Tired Old Anti-Gun Dogma

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Democrats' Exciting New Hope Adheres to Tired Old Anti-Gun Dogma

Democrats searching for a standard-bearer in the 2020 presidential election lit on long-time entertainment, media, and publishing figure Oprah Winfrey this week, following a speech Winfrey gave at a televised Hollywood extravaganza.

Virginia: Gun Control Tops New Governor’s Agenda

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Virginia: Gun Control Tops New Governor’s Agenda

This week, Virginia Governor McAuliffe and Governor-Elect Ralph Northam outlined their top priorities for the upcoming legislative session, and highlighted expanded background checks for all firearm sales and other transfers (so-called “universal” background checks) as ...

Indiana: Gun Bills Filed

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Indiana: Gun Bills Filed

With the 2018 Indiana legislative session underway, a number of bills affecting your Second Amendment and hunting rights have been filed.

Washington: Senate Law & Justice Committee to Hear Anti-Gun Bills Next Monday

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Washington: Senate Law & Justice Committee to Hear Anti-Gun Bills Next Monday

On Monday, January 15th at 10:00AM, the Senate Law & Justice Committee is scheduled to hear multiple anti-gun bills.  Testimony will be limited during the hearing, so all NRA members and Second Amendment supporters are strongly ...

Washington: CPL Permit Confidentiality Bill Introduced

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Washington: CPL Permit Confidentiality Bill Introduced

Last week, Washington legislators introduced an NRA-backed bill to protect the private, personal information of Washington's concealed pistol license holders from public records requests.  Senate Bill 6173, sponsored by Senator Dean Takko (D-19), and House Bill ...

Washington: Substitute Versions of Gun Control Bills to Be Heard

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Washington: Substitute Versions of Gun Control Bills to Be Heard

Last night, anti-gun legislators introduced substitute bills for Senate Bill 5444 and Senate Bill 5463.  These substituted versions will replace the original bills that are scheduled for a public hearing on Monday, January 15th. NRA remains opposed ...

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

Massachusetts: Your Action Needed on Critical Preemption Bill

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Massachusetts: Your Action Needed on Critical Preemption Bill

State Representative James Miceli (D-19th Middlesex) will be writing a letter to the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security urging them to vote favorably on House Bill 1296 to improve firearms preemption laws ...

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