Global State Preemption Bill – YES!!

Many issues are best left to the Texas Legislature.

Texas gun owners have enjoyed a strong preemption law that prohibits cities and counties from regulating most aspects of gun ownership and usage. The preemption law was first passed in 1987 and it has been improved periodically over the years. Freshman Senator Don Huffines has filed SB343 that will extend this concept so that Texans are protected from all patchwork, conflicting regulations that make it quite easy to unintentionally violate a local ordinance or regulation. While SB343 is not directly related to firearms, it is much-needed protection for Texans and some of the regulations it would prevent are at least tangentially related to guns.

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Remove Off-Limits Areas for Everyone

The need exists, but the cure is too narrow.

Three bills have been filed in the House that would remove some of the off-limits areas for some, but not all, people who have a Texas Concealed Handgun License (CHL). The areas involved would depend upon the CHL holder’s job title and duties. The specific bills are not identified in this article, as the focal point is not a particular bill or location, but the concept of removing off-limits areas for some CHL holders while retaining them for all others.

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Senate Moving Quickly on Two Gun Bills

Campus-carry and open-carry are on the fast-track in the Senate

One thing is certain, our new Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is not afraid to lead off this session with the two most emotionally charged gun bills. Campus-carry (SB11 by Birdwell) and open-carry (SB17 by Estes) are scheduled for public hearing in the Senate State Affairs Committee on Thursday, February 12, 2015. SB11 (campus-carry) has a total of 19 “authors,” enough to get the bill to the Senate floor for debate and for it to pass. SB17 (open-carry) has a total of 12 “authors” and it likely has the support of Senators who have not or will not formally “sign on” to SB17.

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    HB987 by Rep. Rafael Anchia (D, F-) has the full Read More
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  • HB2405: Guts TPC §30.06 +

    HB2405 is scheduled for a public hearing tomorrow, April 7th. Oppose this terrible bill!!! Please call every member of the Read More
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    Creates a fine for the posting of unenforceable §30.06 signs by governmental entities and agencies. Position on Bill: Support! Senator Read More
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  • HB987: Rep. Anchia's Protect the Criminal Bill +

    HB987 by Rep. Rafael Anchia (D, F-) has the full support of violent criminals. Representative Rafael Anchia’s HB987 (2017) is Read More
  • Powder-Checking Endoscope for Dillon XL650 +

    I use Dillon XL650 presses and I don't use the powder-check add-on. I didn't get it primarily because of reports Read More
  • It's Time for National Reciprocity +

    The term “national reciprocity” refers to a federal law requiring all states to recognize licenses or permits issued by other Read More
  • SB349 by Creighton - Clarification of School Activity Grounds +

    By Charles L. Cotton Occasionally it is necessary to pass a bill not to change the law, but to clarify Read More
  • Sen. Royce West Sets a Trap for Law-Abiding Gun Owners +

    Democrat State Senator Royce West has filed a bill that can only be described as both unnecessary and a trap Read More
  • HB560 by Rep. Springer: The Most Important Self-Defense Bill Since 2007 +

    Introduction: When Texas adopted the so-called “Concealed Handgun Law” in 1995, several restricted areas were created where it would be Read More
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    I suspect not one person in fifty, perhaps one person in a thousand, has read the entire American Declaration of Read More
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    The Texas Firearms Coalition's Texas Self-Defense & Deadly Force Laws covers Texas law on the use of force, including deadly force, Read More
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    This Seminar provides an overview of issues related to self-defense including Texas law, training opportunities, selecting a firearm and method Read More
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    This seminar is a hands-on opportunity to see and try several different methods of carrying a self-defense handgun.  It covers Read More
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    As the name implies, this seminar is geared toward teenagers who typically do not begin to understand when Texas law Read More
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