On Monday, May 6, the Texas state House of Representatives passed several bills aimed at protecting the right of citizens of the Lone Star State to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment.
A summary of each of the pro-liberty measures was provided by Texas state Representative Cindy Burkett — a co-author of one of the bills.
• The “Campus Carry Bill,” House Bill 972, by Rep. Allen Fletcher (Tomball) will allow concealed handgun license holders to carry on the premises of institutions of higher education that opt into the legislation. Representative Cindy Burkett (Sunnyvale), vice chair of the House Caucus, is a joint-author on this important piece of legislation. The goal of HB 972 is to provide students, faculty, and visitors on educational campuses the Second Amendment protections that may be necessary in life-threatening situations. This bill promotes the right of individuals to protect themselves, along with their fellow students and co-workers.
• The “Firearms Protection Act,” House Bill 1076, by Rep. Steve Toth (The Woodlands), seeks to proactively protect the Second Amendment rights of Texas citizens and the ability of our law-enforcement officers to protect the public. The bill makes federal laws that restrict firearm ownership unenforceable within the state’s boundaries. Under House Bill 1076, any municipality, county, or special district trying to enforce a federal gun ban could face monetary holdings by the state and possible misdemeanor charges.
• House Bill 1314, by Rep. Brandon Creighton (The Woodlands), seeks to prevent the encroachment by the federal government on Second Amendment rights. The bill prevents the enforcement of federal laws that exceed the federal government’s constitutional authority by creating a new offense for the unlawful seizure of a firearm.
• House Bills 47 and 48 are measures authored by Rep. Dan Flynn (Van) that provide a more efficient and effective concealed handgun license and renewal process for law-abiding Texans.
Additionally, as reported by the National Rifle Association-Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), House Bill 47 was replaced by identical legislation that has already passed the state senate, and that bill will now be sent to Governor Rick Perry for his signature or veto.
In the press release announcing the votes, Representative Burkett spoke out in favor of the state House’s decision to stand up against federal aggression:
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