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Texas: Two Gun Control Bills Will Be Heard in Committees Next Week

Friday, March 17, 2017

Texas: Two Gun Control Bills Will Be Heard in Committees Next Week

Next week, two gun control measures will be heard in Texas House and Senate committees.  Both are patterned after legislation that New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg and the anti-gun organizations he funds have aggressively pushed on the state and national levels. 

On Monday, March 20, at 2:00pm or upon adjournment of the House in Room E2.014 of the State Capitol, the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee will hear House Bill 866, legislation sponsored by Rep. Joe Moody (D-El Paso) and patterned after California gun laws.  HB 866 would allow any family member or household member, prosecuting attorney or peace officer to petition for a lethal violence protective order against an individual based on allegations that the person has engaged or is engaging in behavior that the petitioners subjectively deem to be dangerous.  Individuals against whom such orders are issued could be forced by the courts, without a hearing, to surrender any personally-owned firearms to a law enforcement agency.  Texas already has strong protective order laws in place and procedures by which peace officers can dispossess dangerous individuals of firearms which – unlike HB 866 –contain important due process protections before someone is denied their Second Amendment rights.  

Please contact members of the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee and urge them to oppose HB 866.

On Tuesday, March 21, at 1:30pm or upon adjournment of the Senate in Room E1.016, the Senate Criminal Justice Committee will hear Senate Bill 221, sponsored by Sen. Jose Menendez (D-San Antonio), legislation prohibiting the transfer of a firearm to a person one knows to be listed in the terrorist screening database maintained by the FBI.  It is unclear how this would work, since licensed firearms dealers cannot access the list, nor can private individuals who are selling or transferring firearms.  Persons may be added to the watchlist without being charged or convicted of any crimes, and those on the list are never notified if, how, or why they are on it.  There is no process in place to have your name removed from the list, and mistaken identities are common.  In every other case in which a person is deprived of their Second Amendment liberties, they are afforded a judicial proceeding.  Due process of the law must be followed before depriving anyone of their constitutional rights.  

Please contact members of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee and urge them to oppose SB 221. 

Also next week, priority legislation addressing the high fees for Licenses to Carry (LTCs) in the State of Texas will be considered by both Senate and House committees.  Senate Bill 16, sponsored by Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) and Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston), will be considered by the Senate State Affairs Committee on Monday.  House Bill 300, sponsored by Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford), will be before the House Homeland Security & Public Safety on Tuesday.  We will report back to you on the outcome of these committee meetings as lawmakers work on these important bills!

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Friday, February 1, 2019

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H.R. 8 Markup: Liberal Democrats Markup Gun Control Legislation

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Friday, February 15, 2019

H.R. 8 Markup: Liberal Democrats Markup Gun Control Legislation

The Nancy Pelosi Speaker Era 2.0 continued on Wednesday, Feb. 13, with a markup of H.R 8, the “universal” background checks bill, in the House Judiciary Committee. Following on the heels of last week’s Judiciary Committee hearing, the same committee held a markup on ...

Illinois: Gun Tax Legislation Introduced

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Illinois: Gun Tax Legislation Introduced

On February 11th, legislation was introduced (HB 2331) in the Illinois House that would impose a new gun tax on all firearms and firearm components sold in Illinois. 

House to Move Forward with Ineffective Gun Control Proposals

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Friday, February 8, 2019

House to Move Forward with Ineffective Gun Control Proposals

On Wednesday, gun owners got to see what a Nancy Pelosi controlled Congress looks like as the House Judiciary Committee held its first gun control hearing in nearly a decade. Things went as one would ...

Washington: Senate Committee Hearing Rescheduled for Legislation to Expand Gun-Free Zones

Monday, February 11, 2019

Washington: Senate Committee Hearing Rescheduled for Legislation to Expand Gun-Free Zones

On February 14th, the Washington state Senate Committee on Law & Justice will be hearing Senate Bill 5434 that would expand arbitrary zones where law-abiding citizens are left defenseless while nothing is done to hinder ...

Indiana: Self-Defense Bill Passes House, On To Senate

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Indiana: Self-Defense Bill Passes House, On To Senate

On February 11th, the Indiana state House of Representatives voted 80-13 to pass House Bill 1284 to enhance protections afforded to law-abiding citizens acting in defense of themselves and others.  HB 1284 will now go to the ...

Mississippi: Pro-Gun Legislation Passes the House Unanimously and Now on to the Senate

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Mississippi: Pro-Gun Legislation Passes the House Unanimously and Now on to the Senate

On Wednesday, February 13th, the Mississippi House of Representatives passed House Bill 1581 on a bipartisan, unanimous vote, 113-0.  Now, the measure moves to the Senate where it is currently pending committee assignment and a hearing date

Maryland: 2019 Legislative Session Begins with a Slew of Anti-Gun Bills Introduced

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Maryland: 2019 Legislative Session Begins with a Slew of Anti-Gun Bills Introduced

With the 2019 Maryland Legislative Session underway, gun control groups have made the General Assembly a target for their anti-gun agenda. 

Kentucky: Senate Passes Constitutional Carry; On to the House

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Kentucky: Senate Passes Constitutional Carry; On to the House

Today, February 14th, the Kentucky state Senate voted 29-8 to pass Senate Bill 150.  SB 150 will now go to the state House of Representatives where it will be referred to the Judiciary Committee for ...

Nevada: Secret Gun Control Bill Committee Hearing On Tuesday, Feb. 12!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Nevada: Secret Gun Control Bill Committee Hearing On Tuesday, Feb. 12!

On Tuesday, February 12th, at 8:00AM a special joint judiciary hearing will be held to discuss a gun proposal.  At this time, there are no official documents confirming this meeting, nor has a bill been officially introduced.

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