2015 Texas Pre-Legislative Roundup

The following bills relating to firearms have been filed for the upcoming January 13 – June 1, 2015 Texas legislative session. Bills are still being written at this time, and can be submitted as late as March 3, 2015 for inclusion in this legislative session.

  • HB 195
    Relating to the carrying of handguns; providing for the open carrying of handguns; removing the requirement that a person who may lawfully possess handguns obtain a Concealed Handgun License in order to carry a handgun lawfully in the state of Texas, and conforming changes.
  • HB 164
    Relating to the authority of a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry the handgun; providing penalties.
  • HB 422
    Relating to the enforcement of certain federal laws regulating firearms, firearm accessories, and firearm ammunition within the State of Texas.
  • HB 106
    Relating to the authority of a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry the handgun; providing penalties.
  • HB 198
    Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns by certain persons attending a school board meeting.
  • HB 216
    Relating to the eligibility of a person for a license to carry a concealed handgun.
  • HB 266
    Relating to certain offenses relating to carrying concealed handguns on property owned or leased by a governmental entity; providing a civil penalty.
  • HB 206
    Relating to an exemption from the sales tax for firearms and hunting supplies for a limited period.
  • SB 124
    Relating to certain criminal offenses concerning the unlawful transfer or purchase of certain weapons.
  • SB 179
    Relating to the handgun proficiency required to obtain or renew a concealed handgun license.
  • HB 176
    Relating to protection of the right to keep and bear arms within the State of Texas.
  • HB 278
    Relating to authorizing certain attorneys representing the state to openly carry a handgun.
  • HB 308
    Relating to the places where a person may carry a handgun if the person is licensed to carry a concealed handgun.
  • HB 291
    Relating to the authority of a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry the handgun; providing penalties.
  • HB 284
    Relating to the handgun proficiency required to obtain or renew a concealed handgun license.
  • HB 172
    Relating to municipal regulation of electric stun guns, knives, and personal defense sprays.
  • HB 413
    Relating to protection of the right to keep and bear arms within the State of Texas.
  • HB 353
    Relating to the application of certain weapons laws to certain volunteer emergency services personnel licensed to carry a concealed handgun.
  • HB 415
    Relating to the authority of a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry the handgun; providing penalties.
  • HB 421
    Relating to exempting the intrastate manufacture of a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition from federal regulation.
  • SB 228
    Relating to an exemption from the sales tax for firearms and hunting supplies for a limited period.
  • SB 229
    Relating to the unlawful seizure of a firearm by a governmental officer or employee; providing penalties.

No Gun Registration/No Universal “Background Checks”

For those of you in Oregon, this is of special importance for you.

Anti-gun extremists brag about how many people are denied gun purchases under the current system but never talk about how many of those people are denied with no justification because of an inept bureaucracy. The State Police’s own figures show that almost all “denials” are unjustified.

Forcing me to run a background check on a friend or loved one before I give them a firearm will do nothing to prevent felons from obtaining weapons. It is clear that the entire purpose of this kind of bill is to harass the law abiding. The Governor has now ordered that Oregon State Troopers leave patrol to “investigate” every “denial” even when there is no known cause for a person being denied his rights. To expand this outrageous misuse of scarce police resources to a firearm I am lending to a friend or giving to a family member makes no sense.

When felons are denied firearms they are NOT held accountable, so nothing in this kind of legislation has any impact on them at all.

Why should I have to run a background check on a friend I have known for 25 years? Why can’t I lend a gun to a single woman who is being stalked or threatened? Why can’t I safeguard a firearm for a neighbor who is going out of town?

You are well aware that in other places these kinds of laws have led to confiscation. In New York, their gun registration lists are being used by police to harass the family of gun owners who have died. I will not let that happen in Oregon.

Fill out the petition: http://www.oregonfirearms.org/no-expanded-background-checks

More On WA-I594

If 591 fails we are in big trouble. Of course there are statements that 594stateSAF will take 594 to court. They have a very successful track record of overturning laws in many states. But Bloomberg’s Wa Alliance For Gun Responsibility has bottomless funding and is already anticipating a fight. I am more concerned about how many gun owners voted for 594. Did we not just see that the horrible tragedy in Marysville would not have been prevented even with this law? Gabby Gifford’s attacker bought his gun legally. The Sandy Hook guns were stolen. Almost every single one of the “mass shootings” suspects bought guns passing background checks or stole the guns. This law would not have prevented any single one of those. Now for those of us law abiding gun owners in Washington it is we that are screwed here. There are so many “unintended consequences” in this bill it makes the Health Care bill seem manageable. It is so narrow that LE and Military are barley exempt. It is so narrow that even in the gun store the employee can’t hand me a gun to look at. Forget about my livelihood and my hobbies.

The rifles the we as coaches loan out to the new junior shooters and new competitors will have to be returned. We will have to shut down the program. No more coaching. The parents and their kids who wanted to get involved in a shooting sport and can’t afford the gear yet are hosed. Sorry to all of my friends that wanted me to teach them safe gun handling and go recreational shooting. We will be criminals now. Sorry to any over 18 year old family member or friend that wants to go hunting with me and needs to borrow a gun. We will be criminals now. Sorry family members that I was planning on giving you a gift for self-defense or sport. We will be criminals now. Welcome to registration of your firearms. How else will they keep track of this stuff. Did you know that BC spent over $2 billion dollars over several years to implement this exact same law and they finally stopped it because it did not work and cost too much? It will not work! How many ways can I say that this is the most stupid and damaging and unenforceable law in the history of gun laws. There is a reason they are calling this the strictest gun law in the country. Because of the 18 pages of BS that only hurt citizens and not help with safety.

Read the rest of the article: http://www.30calgal.com/washington-state-now-has-strictest-gun-laws-in-the-country/

Confused on WA-I594

How can a state that just three years ago (WA HB 1016) legalized suppressor ownership, and just seven months ago (WA SB 5956) legalized SBR (short barreled rifle) ownership, pass such a travesty of a bill as WA-I594?

Caleb displays a county-by county graph:

http://www.gunnuts.net/2014/11/05/the-new-political-reality/

Find out more about WA-I594 here:

https://www.voteno594.com/initiative-594/