The risk of being a criminal should be shouldered by the criminal, not innocent Texans.
During the 2013 Texas Legislative Session, Sen. Royce West filed a bill that would have gutted the protections of SB378 that passed in 2007. It would have benefitted criminals at the extreme prejudice of law-abiding Texans. (See SB1349: A Criminal’s Dream Come True.) This session, Rep. Garnett Coleman has filed another bill that seeks to protect criminals from their own unlawful and violent acts. HB1627 would impose a retreat duty on the part of a would-be victim of a violent attack. It is painfully clear that Sen. West and Rep. Coleman care more about violent criminals than they do the honest Texans these predators wish to victimize.
Local intimidation of Concealed Handgun Licensees must stop!
The Texas Concealed Handgun License statute was created in 1995 with the passage of Senate Bill 60. Among the provisions in SB60 was the designation of certain governmental property that would be off-limits to Texas Concealed Handgun Licensees (CHLs) carrying self-defense handguns. In 1997, HB2909 passed that, among other things, created Tex. Penal Code §30.06, Trespass by a Holder of a License to Carry a Concealed Handgun, with its clear and unambiguous requirements for property owners to follow if they wished to bar entry to their property by CHLs carrying self-defense handguns. This was made necessary by the practice of posting small generic “no guns” decals on locations that could easily go unseen by CHLs entering property.
Every woman should have the option to defend herself.
SB11 by Sen. Birdwell is drawing a lot of attention this session, as well it should. Unfortunately, much of the attention is coming from people and organizations for whom truth and accuracy are not attributes they hold dear. SB11 is the so-called “campus-carry” Bill, but it would be more accurately described as a “carry handguns in college buildings” bill because it is already legal to carry handguns all over college and university campuses. One simply cannot carry them in school buildings. This fact is more than trivia, it proves that the dire predictions coming from opponents of SB11 are nothing more than lies coming from people who do not feel constrained by the truth.