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Nothing is more important than protecting ourselves and our families -- especially during these times of uncertainty. Yet, some anti-gun lawmakers are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to deny you and your loved ones your fundamental right to self-defense and your Second Amendment rights. 

These anti-gun and anti-self defense extremists deem gun stores "non-essential," they shut down issuance of firearm permits, and, in some locations, they have created extreme delays for background checks required for firearm transfers. Some jurisdictions have even put added restrictions on firearm transfers, making it all but impossible for many law-abiding Americans to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

All of this is happening against a backdrop of reported prisoner furloughs and law enforcement only arresting for the most serious of crimes. 

Just like you, we know that's wrong.

That is why the NRA will keep a constant watch on what is happening nationwide and will work diligently to ensure that you are able to defend yourself and your family during these unprecedented times. In the past four decades, your NRA has led the way to pass Right-to-Carry, Castle Doctrine, and most important for the current crisis, protection against gun confiscation during declared emergencies. This time is no different.

We hope you find this website useful. Please use it to stay updated on what's happening in your town or state and across the country. If you need help or would like to alert us to something happening in your town or state, please contact us here or send us an email at COVID19@nrahq.org.

During these difficult times, your NRA is keeping vigilant watch over your right to buy a gun and to make sure you are able to defend yourself and your family. The NRA fights for all law-abiding gun owners, whether they can afford to donate or not. We understand times are tough. But, if you have the means, please help us keep fighting against those politicians who are determined to strip away our right to self-defense and their billionaire backers. Every dollar counts. We thank you in advance.   

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State preemption law: V.T.C.A., Local Government Code § 229.001​. In general, a municipality is prohibited from regulating the transfer, possession, wearing, carrying, ownership, storage, transportation, licensing, registration, or commerce in firearms, air guns, knives, ammunition, or firearm or air gun supplies or accessories​. Municipalities are prohibited from regulating the discharge of firearms of air guns at sport shooting ranges. Further, a municipality may not enact an "ordinance or regulation is designed or enforced to effectively restrict or prohibit the manufacture, sale, purchase, transfer, or display of firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition that is otherwise lawful in this state.​"

The statute states that municipalities may regulate in a manner that requires residents or public employees to be armed and regulate the discharge of firearms or airguns at locations other than ranges, the storage and transportation of certain quantities of powder, the carrying of an airgun by a minor, limit the hours of operation of a shooting range within certain parameters and apply generally applicable zoning ordinances to firearms-related businesses. A municipality may also regulate the carrying of a firearm or airgun by a persons that are not licensed to carry a handgun at public parks, public meetings, certain political events, and non-firearms related school and professional athletic events.

The attorney general may bring suit to enforce V.T.C.A., Local Government Code § 229.001​​. If an injunction is obtained, the Attorney general may recover attorney's fees and other costs of bringing the action.

V.T.C.A., Local Government Code § 236.002. In general, a county is prohibited from regulating the transfer, possession, wearing, carrying, ownership, storage, transportation, licensing, registration, or commerce in firearms, air guns, knives, ammunition, or firearm or air gun supplies or accessories​. Municipalities are prohibited from regulating the discharge of firearms of air guns at sport shooting ranges.​ Further, "a county order or regulation designed or enforced to effectively restrict or prohibit the manufacture, sale, purchase, transfer, or display of firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition that is otherwise lawful in this state is void.​" 

The statute states that municipalities may regulate in a manner that requires residents or public employees to be armed and to regulate the discharge of firearms and air guns on lots that are 10 acres or smaller. A county may also "adopt or enforce a generally applicable land use regulation, fire code, or business regulation​" that affects firearms-related businesses.

The attorney general may bring suit to enforce V.T.C.A., Local Government Code § 236.002​​. If an injunction is obtained, the Attorney general may recover attorney's fees and other costs of bringing the action.

V.T.C.A., Government Code § 411.209​. A license to carry permit holder may bring suit against a municipality or county that institutes an improper gun-free zone. the offending political subdivision is liable for a civil penalty of  "not less than $1,000 and not more than $1,500 for the first violation; and not less than $10,000 and not more than $10,500 for the second or a subsequent violation.​"

Restrictions on firearms and ammunition in a declared state of emergency:​​​ V.T.C.A., Government Code § 418.019. During a state of disaster, "the governor may suspend or limit the sale, dispensing, or transportation... firearms, explosives, and combustibles.​"

V.T.C.A., Government Code § 433.002. Under a declared state of emergency, the governor may issue a directive to "control of the sale, transportation, and use of alcoholic beverages, weapons, and ammunition, except as provided by Section 433.0045;."

V.T.C.A., Government Code § 433.0045 makes clear that a directive issued under a declared state of emergency "may not authorize the seizure or confiscation of any firearm or ammunition from an individual who is lawfully carrying or possessing the firearm or ammunition.​"

V.T.C.A., Local Government Code § 229.001(b)(4) states that it is not a violation of the state firearms preemption statute for a municipality to "regulate the use of firearms, air guns, or knives in the case of an insurrection, riot, or natural disaster if the municipality finds the regulations necessary to protect public health and safety;."

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