Although the 2023 Regular Session of the Texas Legislature does not convene until January 10, gun control advocates have wasted no time declaring war on your Second Amendment rights in the Lone Star State and making clear their intention to push for Biden/Beto gun restrictions during the upcoming legislative session. Today is the first day for prefiling 2023 bills, and already more than two dozen measures attacking your rights have been introduced!
Here are some of the lowlights of what’s to come:
- House Bill 22, House Bill 106, House Bill 284 & House Bill 324 requiring the REPORTING OF LAWFUL SALES of certain firearms and magazines to state and/or local law enforcement.
- House Bill 76 CRIMINALIZING the failure of a victim of gun theft to report having his or her firearms stolen.
- House Bill 88 & House Bill 447 further TAXING the sale of firearms and/or ammunition and firearm accessories.
- House Bill 110, House Bill 146 & House Bill 308 BANNING private firearm transfers at gun shows.
- House Bill 123 & House Bill 136 red flag GUN CONFISCATION legislation requiring surrender of firearms without due process.
- House Bill 129 & House Bill 565 RAISING THE MINIMUM AGE for purchase of semi-automatic rifles.
- House Bill 155 & House Bill 236 BANNING private firearm transfers between certain family members and friends, requiring FFLs to process these transactions that would include federal paperwork for government approval at an undetermined fee.
- House Bill 197 BANNING the sale or transfer and possession of standard capacity magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
- House Bill 179, House Bill 216 & House Bill 244 RESTRICTING long gun open carry, with limited exceptions.
- House Bill 298 establishes a 3-day WAITING PERIOD for firearm sales.
- Senate Bill 32 BANNING the sale or possession of commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms.
NRA-ILA will review these measures and report to you on additional firearm-related bills that are filed in advance of session. You can view a list, and the text, of legislation prefiled each day here. Information on who your state lawmakers are and how to contact them has not yet been updated on the Texas Legislative webpages (Senate and House) to reflect the recent election results. We will let you know when that becomes available.