North Texas Lawmaker Aims To Limit Gun-Free Zones

Gun-free zones at schools, bars, sporting events, hospitals and churches would be largely obsolete if Rep. Drew Springer has his way.

Springer, R-Muenster, has authored a bill — laid out Tuesday before a House committee — that he hopes eliminates most restrictions on where the state’s nearly 826,000 concealed handgun license holders can carry their weapons.

He said his bill would advance the rights of “responsible, law-abiding citizens.”

Even in a gun-friendly state — and Legislature — it’s unclear what kind of support there would be for such a far-reaching bill. And the effort Tuesday received stiff opposition from hospital officials and pastors, in addition to the usual gun control advocates.

But the early attention paid to the bill nonetheless underlines the Legislature’s outsized focus this year on firearms legislation.

“What a difference a session makes,” Springer said, noting the long list of people signed up to testify for or against the bill.

Much of the emphasis this year has been put on the open carry and campus carry bills, which have both passed the Senate. But dozens of other bills have been filed that would likewise loosen restrictions on the state’s firearms laws.

The Senate, for instance, approved a bill Tuesday that would allow people to use a lower caliber weapon to qualify for a concealed handgun license. And the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee heard testimony on a litany of other gun bills.

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FBI Shaped Report To Suggest Increase In Mass Shootings, When They’d Actually Been HALVED

We’re rapidly reaching a point where no part of the Executive Branch can be trusted.

The stunning revelation that the Federal Bureau of Investigation shaped data on mass shootings in an apparent bid to generate support for gun control is just the latest crooked action by a rogue Obama Administration.

John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center says that the FBI’s data shows signs of intentional manipulation.

FBI figures released last September appear to show so-called “mass shooter” attacks and deaths have dramatically increased since 2000. The report asserted there were a total 160 such incidents in public places between 2000 and 2013, with attacks dramatically increased to 17 in 2013 from just one in 2000. The statistics also showed murders jumping to 86 from just seven over the span.

But Lott’s group said a major flaw is the fact that the data was gleaned from news reports, and noted recent accounts were more accessible, and thus over-represented. Recent cases of the far more common “active shooting incidents” were added to legitimate cases of mass shooting incidents, making the more recent years covered by the report appear to have a large increase in both mass shootings and deaths from them.

The media most often took the numbers at face value, allowing for the perception of an increase in mass shootings and deaths from them, Lott said. A counter report by the CPRCshows that if the biases and errors were corrected, the Bureau’s data would show that the annual growth rate for homicides in mass shootings had been cut in half, Lott said.

He suspects manipulation, and not merely mistakes.

“The administration has obviously been willing to do a lot to push for gun control; with everything from ‘Operation Choke Point’ to ‘Fast and Furious,’ and this is just part of that push. Given the level of politicization in [the] Department of Justice, this is not particularly surprising.”

Another researcher interviewed in the article assets that while the media certain ran with the false data, he puts the blame on the media for misinterpreting the FBI’s report.

So is spreading this false claim the FBI’s fault, or the media’s fault?

Yes.

As a general rule, the media is full of people who are intellectually lazy, who are not experts in their fields, and who have overt political biases which are easily exploited.

As most reporters are predisposed towards an anti-gun viewpoint, their confirmation bias is exploited by those (in this instance, the FBI) who want to use the reporters to shape a false narrative.

The FBI intentionally wrote their report in such a way that it would likely be read in such a way as to give a false impression. They then refused to correct this false impressions when they went to print, allowing reporters to push a lie.

In this instance, the media were stooges… but they were willing stooges, eager to share a lie that they wanted to believe.

It’s hard to claim that the accomplice was a victim.

Source: http://bearingarms.com/fbi-shaped-report-suggest-increase-mass-shootings-theyd-actually-halved/

Bill Authorizing $10,000 Fines For ‘No Guns’ Signs Passes Texas Senate

A proposal that won the approval of the Texas Senate last week could leave concealed carry permit holders in the Lone Star State with fewer “gun-free zones” — under threat of heavy fines.

The measure, filed in January, would not only prohibit many state and local public buildings from barring lawful concealed carry, it would strip sovereign immunity from governmental bodies and officials who pursued such policies and allow them to be sued by gun owners for damages.

It passed the Senate on March 18 by a large 26-5 margin on its third reading.

“SB 273 protects citizens from improperly posted 30.06 signs used to coerce CHL holders into unnecessarily disarming on government property,” posted the legislation’s author, Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, on her social media account. “Today I am pleased to announce it passed the Senate and is on its way to the House!”

Campbell’s legislation, SB 273, would forbid a state or local agency or subdivision from posting signs restricting carry of concealed handguns by lawful permit holders. Those found in violation would face a fine of a minimum of $1,000 for the first incident and as much as $10,500 for subsequent violations. Government officials and agencies can be found liable for civil damages as well.

The bill would allow some provisions for keeping gun-free zones in schools, polling places and courts as well as property under federal control, and private property, but would provide a method to strike those in almost all other areas.

Officially opposing the measure are the County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas, the Texas Association of Counties and the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas.

Supporting the measure are gun rights groups to include the National Rifle Association, Texas State Rifle Association and Open Carry Texas.

The state Legislative Budget Board found earlier this month in an analysis of the bill that it was likely to cause no significant financial impact to the state government and any fines collected because of the law would be credited to the Victims of Crime Fund. According to the website for the fund, it provides victims of violent crime financial assistance for crime-related expenses that cannot be reimbursed by insurance or other sources.

In 2013, Kansas passed a broadly similar measure that allows CCW permit holders to carry concealed firearms into most government buildings which was later clarified to include some polling places.

The Texas bill now heads to the Republican-controlled House and if it were successful there would land on the desk of Gov. Gregg Abbott (R), a former state attorney general who has vowed to sign pro-gun legislation.

Source: http://www.guns.com/2015/03/23/bill-authorizing-10000-fines-for-no-guns-signs-passes-texas-senate/

Texas Senate Approves Open Carry of Handguns

The Texas Senate has given preliminary approval to allowing licensed open carry of handguns in the state.

The first major gun-rights vote of the legislative session came Monday after more than two hours of debate. A final vote to send the bill to the House is expected Tuesday.

Texas has allowed concealed carry of handguns since 1995, but a recent push for open carry has been taken up by new Republican leaders such as Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.

Texas is just one of six states that ban open carry of handguns. Abbott says he’ll sign an open carry bill into law if passed.

Gun-rights groups call the bill an important Second Amendment protection. Opponents say openly carrying guns intimidates the general public.

Source: http://www.kbtx.com/home/headlines/Texas-Senate-Approves-Open-Carry-of-Handguns-296502351.html