Skip to comments.Gun Day: Texas House Passes 12 Pro-Gun Bills
Posted on 05/06/2013 8:09:58 AM PDT by EXCH54FE
The Austin American-Statesman reports:
On a day when the nations strongest Second Amendment lobby group was gathered in Houston, the Texas House on Saturday tentatively approved a dozen pro-gun bills including a highly controversial measure that would legalize concealed weapons in buildings on college campuses.
Another bill would thwart enforcement of new federal gun restrictions in Texas, a move intended to target firearms laws proposed by the Obama administration.
Saturdays votes were on a wide array of legislation that would provide state training for new school marshals to protect students from shooting attacks, exempt concealed weapons licensees living in remote rural areas from electronic fingerprinting rules, allow for an inadvertent display of a concealed pistol, shorten the amount of classroom instruction required to obtain a concealed handgun permit and allow for renewal of handgun licenses on the Internet.
While most passed quickly with voice votes, disagreement erupted over the so-called campus carry bill and federal restrictions.
The controversial Concealed Campus Carry bill is inclusive of carrying concealed weapons into campus buildings. Students over 21 will have the right to carry a concealed handgun into their classrooms if this bill becomes law. Opponents of the legislation point to the risk of increased violence on University campuses.
Proponents of the bill argue that only 9300 of the state-wide 584,000 handgun licenses are held by people between the ages of 21-25 and many of those are military veterans.
The other highly controversial measure is one that will prosecute local and state officials for attempting to enforce federal firearms limits. Police officers or other officials who attempt to enforce federal firearms limits would be prosecuted and face a maximum of a $4000 fine and up to 1 year in jail.
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Well done Texas. It seems that you understand the meaning of Shall not be infringed.
Thank you, Texans!
All states need a law to thwart Federal enforcement of their crazy suppressor rules. We old folks need all of the hearing protection we can get.
B-B-ut that would prevent mass shootings on College campuses. Is that what we want? But that's not fair to the mass shooter if people shoot back! How is he suppose to kill a lot of people if he is killed before he gets off a second shot? Not that is not fair!
Please excuse my ignorance here,,,, while I applaud these actions & wholeheartedly agree, is this something that could be potentially be repealed by a future lib controlled legislative body? I wonder if these laws are written so as to prevent their future repeal or watering down? I would welcome an enlightening.
This bill (HB1076) was made completely toothless by Amendment #2 which passed with a 82-31 vote in the House. This Amendment prohibited any State funds from being used to fight any rule made by the Feds if any part of the bill was determined to violate Fed law or regulation. So, this bill is for show only. Legislators can say they voted "for" states rights and the 10th Amendment while voting for the Amendment which makes the bill null and void by any Fed action. Typical political stunt for the low information voters.
In liberal Austin a lot of Starbucks is exploding through a lot of noses right now.
Time for lefties to break out the panic relief bongs.
Short of a constitutional amendment I know of no way to stop future idiots that might come to power....voter diligence is the only way to prevent tyranny!!!
Really a wink and nod to the various state LEOâs that the state will not furnish or cooperate with these federal rules. Without state cooperation enforcement becomes a lot more difficult. This parallels Eric Holder picking and choosing which laws to enforce...goose meet gander !!!
“...is this something that could be potentially be repealed by a future lib controlled legislative body?”
Every law on the books can be changed by the Texas Legislature if it passes the House, the Senate, and the Governor signs it.
However, we are talking pro gun bills and you can’t put Texas Democrats on the non gun side. They grew up in Texas with guns, I bet every Democrat in both houses have at least one, so guns are not a political football in Texas. A few Dems might not want them in schools/colleges but that is as far as they would go and even that passed last Saturday.
HB1076 was a bill which said that any firearm or firearm accessory made in the State of Texas and possessed or sold in within the state was not subject to any Federal regulations. The Feds would immediately contest that rule and the bill could not be defended in court because state money coulde not be spent to litigate the 10th Amendment to the Constitution.
Why Texas doesn’t allow open carry, even by permit, still leaves me scratching my head.
HB700 (Open Carry) has been heard in committee but not been voted out of committee as yet. Still to come. We'll see.
Nice to see that Texas is moving in the right direction.
I would rather see straight up open carry than the “inadvertent display”, but maybe it can be fixed.
My vote goes for Constitutional carry!
Yes, constitutional carry is the end game of the carry debate.
Nobama just got a big COME AND TAKE IT postcard. Now to see if he’s equally stupid as was Santa Anna to take up the challenge. Betcha not.
It's already been done in Utah (my daughter goes to USU). Logan, UT is one of the safest cities in America.
Actually, these bills come up for their 3rd reading on the Texas House floor today. None have “passed” the House. After this 3rd reading, they will be scheduled for a full House vote at a later date. No doubt, all will pass if the House is allowed to vote on them. Let’s see which of these bills the House Speaker will allow to come up for a vote.