Texas Legislative Session Opens

The bi-annual legislative session has opened today. The session runs through May 29, 2017. Bills relevant to firearms will be tracked at the location below.

Please take this time to politely get in contact with your state legislators and ask for their assistance in passing pro-gun bills.

2017 Texas Legislative Roundup

U.S. Representative Massie Proposes Repeal of Federal Gun-Free School Zones Act

On Monday, U.S. Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduced H.R. 34, the Safe Students Act, which would repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990.

The bill, originally introduced by Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) in 2007, repeals the Gun-Free School Zones Act (GFSZA) of 1990, which makes it “unlawful for any individual knowingly to possess a firearm at a place that the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is a school zone.” In 1995, the Supreme Court held the GFSZA unconstitutional, which prompted Congress to amend the bill in 1996. The Supreme Court has not ruled on the constitutionality of the amended Act.

“Gun-free school zones are ineffective. They make people less safe by inviting criminals into target-rich, no-risk environments,” said Massie. “Gun-free zones prevent law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves, and create vulnerable populations that are targeted by criminals.”

The Safe Students Act has garnered the support of three major gun organizations: National Association for Gun Rights, Gun Owners of America, and the National Rifle Association.

Representative Massie concluded: “A bigger federal government can’t solve this problem. Weapons bans and gun-free zones are unconstitutional. They do not and cannot prevent criminals or the mentally ill from committing acts of violence. But they often prevent victims of such violence from protecting themselves.”

As John Lott, author of The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies, writes in The Columbus Dispatch, “Would you feel safer posting a sign announcing your home is a gun-free zone? Criminals don’t obey these signs. In fact, to criminals, gun-free zones look like easy targets. So why do we display these signs in public places?”

Cosponsors include: Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Rep. James Comer (R-KY), Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA), and Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX).

Representative Massie is Chairman of the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus in the 115th Congress.

2017 Texas Legislative Updates

The 2017 Texas legislative session is set to open January 10, 2017, but bills are already in the process of being filed. Please keep an eye out on the link in the sidebar or http://www.weapon-blog.com/2017-texas-legislative-roundup/ for the latest on all bills relating to firearms. I would advise you to contact your elected officials and ask for their support on any and all bills that you are in favor of. For bills that you do not approve of, it would be worth your time to explain and/or educate your elected officials on why the bill is bad.

WA AG Ferguson Proposes Assault Weapon Ban

Attorney General Bob Ferguson is proposing a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

Ferguson, joined by a broad coalition of over 50 community leaders and elected officials, announced on Wednesday that he will submit agency request legislation in the 2017 session.

Ferguson’s proposed legislation has two key elements:

  • A ban on semiautomatic weapons with military-style features that render them more easily concealable or more deadly; and
  • A limit on magazine capacity — currently unlimited under Washington law — to a maximum of 10 rounds of ammunition.

Read the rest of the article: http://www.kiro7.com/news/local/wash-attorney-general-proposes-ban-on-assault-weapons-high-capacity-magazines/439031354