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Texas House Leader Joe Straus Dropping Ball on Gun Rights
There are just under 90 legislative days left to enact pro-gun reforms and protections in Texas. Unlike many states, our legislators only meet for a few months every two years. They aren’t paid except for the actual days they are in session. Every one of our lawmakers have second jobs outside of their role as representatives or senators.
If lawmakers fail to meet deadlines – AGAIN – Texans will be subject to another two years of anti-gun attacks from the Obama administration and bureaucrats at all levels, without any protection. Nearly every neighboring state has least introduced nullification legislation that strengthens Texas laws and makes it clear to the federal government that our rights will NOT be infringed here.
Despite pro-gun dominance in the Texas Legislature, what have lawmakers done to protect your Second Amendment rights?
So far, 18 states have introduced bills under the Second Amendment Protection Act, which is “a state-level bill that renders all federal gun laws, regulations, rules, acts, orders etc. – null and void within the borders of the state.” Meanwhile, Joe Straus has sent pro-gun reforms to die in meaningless committees. With the gun-grabbers working overtime in Washington D.C., lawmakers in Austin have wasted nearly half of the legislative session without lifting a finger or passing a single bill to protect our Second Amendment rights.
Some could easily say that we don’t need laws that recognize laws, especially the highest law of the land. Perhaps Joe Straus is so weak-kneed that he’s been lulled into this false sense of security. If our lawmakers fail to act, all of President Obama’s unconstitutional Executive Orders, and any of the new Feinstein-Manchin-McCarthy gun control proposals that make it out of Congress will be used to squash the gun rights of Texans.
Here are the bills that we Texans need to contact our representatives and demand they co-sponsor and support them. Demand that these bills be brought to a vote. Put pressure on the committees to move them along.
Campus Carry, HB-972/SB-182: Campus carry is an urgently needed bill to protect the rights of students, staff, and visitors at Texas colleges and universities. But this year’s version needs help. The bill, as written, is hardly worth the title of campus carry.
It’s more like the Campus Checkerboard Act, as it would turn Texas colleges and universes into checkerboards of “criminal safezones” making law-abiding students and staff criminals for stepping in a dorm or other “gun free” area of campus.
Firearms Protection Act, HB-553: This is one of several bills that would render all new unconstitutional Executive Orders and federal Laws relating to firearms, accessories and ammunition unenforceable in Texas. This legislation would offer gun owners in Texas the most protection against anti-gun federal schemes, but all of these bills are still lodged in the “Select Committee on Federalism & Fiscal Responsibility.” We need to put pressure on each member of this committee to get off their tushies and give these bills a vote.
Open Carry, HB-1194: Q: What do Texas and California have in common? A: Openly carrying your firearm is ILLEGAL. HB-1194 would legalize the practice of open carry, as it is in 43 other states. However, as written it would put Texas on par with states like Maryland and Massachusetts which require you to get a government permission slip first. This bill is stalled in the Public Safety Committee where it may not move, much less be fixed, without your help.
Constitutional Carry: Constitutional Carry is simply the idea that if you can legally possess a firearm for self-defense, then you can carry it concealed without having to first beg for government permission. It’s the law of the land in places like Alaska, Wyoming, Arizona and Vermont. Sadly, this bill hasn’t even been introduced in Texas this year. Seriously, in TEXAS!!
What can you do? In addition to contacting your state representatives, leave Speaker Joe Straus a Facebook message or give him a call at 512-463-1000. OR DO BOTH!! Urge him to quit his anti-gun stall tactics and bring pro-gun bills like campus carry, open carry, and the Firearms Protection Act up for a vote. Remind them that with the assault on your right to keep and bear arms moving forward in Washington, passing the strongest versions of these pieces of legislation is more important than ever. Let them know you’re tired of all the lip-service. Insist they stand up for Texas gun owners and pass REAL pro-gun reform THIS legislative session.
If you don’t know who your legislator is, click HERE (and shame on you).
We shouldn’t be following the lead of other states when it comes to gun rights. This is the state of the Alamo, damn it! We need to lead from the FRONT!!!