Make Texas Guns Free from Federal Regulations

Intrastate Manufacture Freedom: HB 421

Rep. Matt Krause has authored HB 421 to keep guns and ammunition manufactured and sold in Texas free of federal regulations.

HB 421 is scheduled for a hearing on Thursday, April 9. Can you join us at the Capitol?

Committee on State & Federal Power & Responsibility
10:30 AM or upon final adjourn./recess
Thursday, April 09, 2015
Texas State Capitol, Room E2.036

3 Ways You Can Support HB 421

1.) Ask your representative to co-author HB 421. 

Simply call the office and talk with the aide who answers the phone. It really helps a bill to have as many co-authors as possible; this demonstrates support.

Find your rep here.

2.) Share this information with your friends.

At the bottom of this post are social media buttons. Click and share!

Or, simply send the link in an email to friends who are interested in the issue.

3.) Come to the hearing

Stop by the Capitol before work or during lunch break to register that you support HB 421. Stay to testify if you can. The hearing begins at 10:30 or upon adjournment (when the full House finishes its business). Adjournment may happen early afternoon.

View the full agenda and meeting announcement here.

What does this bill do and how will it affect you personally?

Ever wonder why the federal government thinks it can regulate firearms?

Under the United States Constitution, Congress’ enumerated legislative powers include the power to “regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes.”  This is often referred to as the “Commerce Clause,” and Congress has used the authority of this Commerce Clause to regulate firearms.

The 10th amendment of the Constitution, however, reminds us of the rightful authority of the States:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Representative Matt Krause recognizes that, according to the Constitution, “a firearm that is made, sold, and used in Texas—an explicitly intrastate transaction—does not fall under Congress’ authority to regulate commerce between the states and should be expressly protected in state law.” Accordingly, he has filed H.B. 421, stating that it is necessary to protect Texas gun owners in light of the President’s executive actions and his stated agenda regarding gun control.

HB 421 (identical to last year’s HB 621, the Intrastate Firearm Protection Bill), would  exempt intrastate manufacture of a firearm, firearm accessory, and ammunition from federal regulation.

Read the full text here.

Please join us in supporting HB 421!

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hearing 3-24-15 gun rights leaders

Hearing Report: March 24, 2015 gun bills


This was a very fast-paced hearing in the Homeland Security & Public Safety committee!

We were very happy to bring testimony in favor of Rep. Jonathan Stickland‘s much-needed preemption for knives, electric stun guns, and personal defense sprays (HB 172) and Kenneth Sheets‘ common-sense bill clarifying private property owners’ rights to allow handgun carry on their property (HB 1509). We also testified in favor of the other knife rights bill (Frullo’s HB 905). Due to schedule conflicts TFF was unable to testify for Rep. Drew Springer‘s important and hugely significant Carry-Anywhere bill (HB 308, the Big Bang) but we did register support for that as well as several others. Several TFF-networked activists did present testimony.

We opposed bills that we believe would create an elite class of government officials allowed to carry. Those were HB 278 (open carry by DA’s) and HB 2241 (allowance for courthouse employees to carry in courthouses). We definitely support the right of these groups to carry, but believe that right should be given to all the people of Texas, not just an elite government class.

Shout-out and thanks to the gun rights activists who made the trip and attended the hearing! Many thanks also to those who watched the hearing from home and gave us comments and long-distance support.

  • View the hearing video here: Part 1 and Part 2.
  • Note that the hearing included many other bills besides the gun bills. The agenda with the full bill list is right here.

Testimony Presented by Rachel Malone

Knife Rights – HB 172 and HB 1509 – IN FAVOR

Knife preemption: prohibits cities from restricting knives more than state law does. HB 172 also includes electric stun guns and self defense sprays.

Local control is great, but allowing local government to restrict a right is NOT OK.

This is a needed and important bill because it protects infringement on the right to self defense. Knives, electric stun guns, and personal defense sprays are reasonable and commonly-used items for self-defense.

This is an important and urgent issue because some Texas cities already have ridiculous knife infringement laws. Example: San Antonio is listed 4th in American cities with the worst knife laws. It’s illegal to carry any locking blade, no matter the length. I’m co-host of a national podcast – the Polite Society podcast – and TX knife laws are so notoriously bad that they have been a topic of discussion with my fellow co-hosts from other states. Please don’t leave Texans hanging for another 2 years – let’s address this issue in this session.

Remember that criminals by definition don’t obey the law. So, this is not enabling criminals; it’s disabling criminals by helping would-be victims defend themselves against the lawless.

Regarding HB 172: I’m glad this bill includes necessary and important protections for electric stun guns and defense sprays. I’ve already given reasons why this issue is urgent – those reasons still apply. Here are a few examples from personal experience.

A few years ago, I was in San Antonio doing elections work. I left my knife at home since it was illegal in San Antonio. Another worker pulled out his knife to help adjust his signs. I advised him the knife was illegal, so we had to struggle together to get the job done without a knife. This demonstrates the annoyance and stupidity of the law. However, the issue goes deeper. 

Many of my friends carry handguns; however, many choose not to, and I respect that choice. These friends often choose to carry knives and pepper spray for defense. One friend thwarted a dog attack with a knife – this was the same dog that had previously mauled and killed another dog, and bit another neighbor. 

Many girls don’t want to (or simply can’t) carry a gun when they dress up or go jogging, but they do carry pepper spray. In fact, I would estimate that the majority of my female friends carry pepper spray on a regular basis. I don’t want any of my friends or yours unable to defend themselves due to city ordinances. 


Allows an elite class (district attorneys et al) to openly carry handguns.

I support gun rights. I support the right to carry handguns. I support the right to open carry. However, I believe that is the right of the people, and shouldn’t be given only to a privileged few. Creating an elite class of government officials by granting them special rights empowers the government more.

I oppose this bill because I believe that right should be granted to the people in general, not just to an elite class.

HB 1509 – IN FAVOR

This is a common-sense bill that clarifies something that we might have just assumed was already clear. Of course a person should be able to grant permission for those on his property to carry a handgun on or about their person. Regardless of what you think about gun rights, this is actually a private property issue.

For comparison: driving a car is not a Constitutionally-affirmed right, but it’s still legal for unlicensed drivers to drive on private property.

Please clarify that private property owners control their own domain and pass HB 1509.


Allows CHL qualification with a .22 handgun (currently the law requires .32 or above).


Removes most gun-free zones for CHL holders, allowing them to carry in places where a police officer may. This testimony was prepared but not presented at this hearing.

Current law prohibits CHL holders from carrying in many places – schools, hospitals, amusement parks, sporting events, polling places, etc. – although peace officers, judges, and other groups of people ARE currently allowed to carry in these places. HB 308 would allow all CHL holders to carry in these places.

I call this the “Big Bang” bill, not just because 308 is a large caliber, but also because this bill proposes significant change. It’s worth careful consideration.

First, why would a person not want to allow handguns in these places? Why would carry be prohibited by law?

1.) Fear

Failure to understand breeds fear. Seeing the facts and believing the truth enables us to gain freedom from fear.

My previous ignorance made me fearful of gun carry and I vehemently opposed it on the grounds that it was dangerous. The facts changed my mind.

Here are some facts to reduce fear:

  • Multiple states allow guns to be carried in bars. Could you name these states off the top of your head? Have you heard of any states that suddenly started having blood-baths and shootouts in bars? I haven’t.
  • Virginia passed its bill in 2010. A year later the Richmond Times-Dispatch found that crime in bars DECREASED by 5.2%.
  • With just one exception, every public mass shooting in the USA since 1950 has taken place where citizens are banned from carrying guns. Despite strict gun regulations, Europe has had 3 of the worst 6 school shootings. (Source: John R. Lott, U of Maryland) I know that if I was a criminal and wanted to have the most impact and least threat, I’d go to a place where law-abiding citizens were not permitted to carry.
  • Police officers: 11% error rate, 14.3 average deaths when they stop a shooting, 606 criminals killed each year, vs.
    Armed citizens: 2% error rate, 2.3 average deaths when they stop a shooting, 1,527 criminals killed/year (Kleck, Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America, (1991):111-116, 148.)
  • My friends and I have a motto: The safest place for your gun is on you. I am best able to have control over my gun when it is on me, not when I have to disarm myself. You are safer when I am allowed to have my gun on me, not when I have to leave it in my car, susceptible to being stolen, and not accessible by me when I may need it.

Let’s say a person understands and believes these facts, yet still wants to prohibit carry in these places. Why might that be?

2.) Control

Governmental regulations endanger our state. They create a false pretense of safety, causing people to look to the government for protection - and to be incensed and horrified and helpless when the government fails to protect them. For example: e coli was found in spinach and the people blamed the government for not protecting them. Another example: our nation experiences something such as Sandy Hook and immediately starts looking to the government for more regulations.

In reality, it isn’t the government’s job to protect us, but to get out of our way and allow us to protect and defend ourselves. Citizens with an entitlement mentality, expecting government protection, threaten our society. We need to encourage Texans to be virtuous and take responsibility for themselves.

If you want the best for Texas, put the most power in the hands of the people. Get rid of governmental regulations that are a vehicle for governmental control, and uphold our Constitutional and God-given rights.

In conclusion: A preponderance of evidence shows that current law does not prevent crime; HB 308 rectifies the situation. Please pass HB 308. I also encourage you to add amendments that would allow unlicensed individuals to carry in these same places.


Allows personal protection officers to carry in gun-free zones


Allows county officers/courthouse employees to carry in courthouses with permission

I agree that these employees can be in dangerous situations and need to defend their lives with firearms. However, I believe that other groups of people can be in just as much danger, and I oppose giving preferential treatment to those employed by the government. I do support carry in these places, and would support this bill if it did not limit carry to these governmental employees.


Allows supervision officers & juvenile probation officers to bypass the CHL qualification the same way DA’s and judges do. 

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STATUS UPDATE: Open Carry and Campus Carry

Open Carry for CHL holders:

  • Senate bill (SB 17) had its final vote on the Senate floor Tuesday 3/17 and PASSED. It has now been sent to the House.
  • House bill (HB 910) was heard in committee Tuesday 3/17. The committee left it as pending business without taking a vote on it.
  • More info on the House hearing: VIEW HEARING (video archive) or VIEW WITNESS LIST

These three amendments have been added so far:

  1. CHL instructors need to cover weapon retention in CHL classes (no change to class hours or fees)
  2. open carry won’t apply to campus carry
  3. it won’t go into effect until January 1

See history and actions on SB 17: CLICK HERE

See history and actions on HB 910: CLICK HERE

Campus Concealed Carry for CHL holders:

  • Senate Bill (SB 11) had its final vote on the Senate floor on Thursday 3/19 and PASSED. It will now be sent to the House.
  • House bill (HB 937) was heard in committee Tuesday 3/17. The committee left it as pending business without taking a vote on it.
  • More info on the House hearing: VIEW HEARING (video archive) or VIEW WITNESS LIST

See history and actions on SB 11: CLICK HERE

See history and actions on HB 910: CLICK HERE

*Note that when you’re viewing the actions on those links, you can click anything that says “record vote” and see exactly who voted which way. You can also click to view the exact wording of all the amendments that were offered.

Next Steps

In order for these bills to receive final passage and go into effect, here’s what needs to happen:

  • House committee: vote to move bill forward to Calendars Committee
  • Calendars committee: vote to move bill forward to the House Floor
  • At this point, expect the House bills to essentially be replaced by their companion Senate bills. After that, the bills will be called SB 17/SB11 even though they’re on the House floor.
  • On the House floor: debate, many amendments proposed and voted on, final vote for the 2nd reading, and final vote for 3rd reading.
  • Then the bills are sent to the Governor’s desk for his signature.
  • They will go into effect on the dates listed in the bills.

At any step along the way, however, the bills could be blocked (which means they die), or amended (for the better or for the worse).

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Testify at the House Hearing 3/17/15

The Texas House committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety has announced its first major gun bill hearing: they will consider open carry and campus carry for CHL holders on Tuesday, March 17. (These are the same bills heard by the Senate last month.)

Texas Legislature leadership continues to stall Constitutional Carry in an attempt to make all of us go away. However, we’re only beginning our work, and we plan to see this through to the end. Will you join us Tuesday?

Texas State Capitol, Room E2.014 (subject to change)
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
8:00 A.M.
Bills being heard: HB 910 (open carry), HB 937 (campus carry)

Public testimony: expected to be 2 minutes/person

Official hearing announcement – CLICK HERE

If you support unlicensed carry, you can join us in testifying “on” the bills (instead of “for” or “against”) and then tell the committee that you want them to amend the bill to remove the license requirement. 

Last month, we had a tremendous showing by activists who came in from all over the state. The majority of testimony was in support of gun rights, much of it in favor of unlicensed carry. Many of you were there. Thank you so much.

This time, we have reason to expect that more gun-control activists will show up. It’s important for us to increase our numbers and testify in favor of gun rights.Please come if it all possible.

Look for another email with more soon. In the meantime, here’s what you can do to help:

Good: Come to the Capitol anytime during the hearing on Tuesday and register your position on the bills at an electronic kiosk. (You can come in at 8am and then leave immediately.)

Much Better: Register and testify at the hearing. (You need to stay until they call your name.)

The Best: Register and testify, and bring a carload of friends with you! The more, the merrier.

If you can’t do any of the above, but would still like your voice heard, send us your written opinion through our contact form no later than noon on Monday.

Facebook Event Page

Please join, share, and invite your friends! Stay tuned to the page for updates. CLICK HERE to join!

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Liberty Activist Meet-up this Wednesday

Need help preparing to testify at the Senate hearing this Thursday?

This meet-up will help you give compelling, effective testimony and feel more comfortable with the process.

Join us . . .

Central Texas Gun Works

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

7-10 p.m.

We will:

  • Brief you on the bills being heard
  • Walk you through the process of registering on-site
  • Give instructions on presenting testimony
  • Offer tips based on personal experience
  • Coach you on your own testimony
  • Help you present your thoughts in a professional, compelling manner

Please bring:

  • YOURSELF! Most important!

Also, if you can, bring:

  • a draft of testimony you plan to present
  • pen and paper
  • liberty-minded friends

Finger foods will be provided! Feel free to bring some to share if you’d like.

Other Resources:

What You Should Know About The Hearing:

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Senate Hearing This Thursday: Are They Trying To Kill Constitutional Carry?


The first gun-bill Senate hearing has been announced, and it does NOT include Constitutional Carry.

The State Affairs Committee will be meeting this Thursday to hear SB 346 (licensed open carry) and SB 11 (campus carry). The public is invited to give testimony, limited to 2 minutes per person.

Even though SB 342, our favored bill, is not on the agenda, this is still a great opportunity for us to show up and deliver testimony to the committee letting them know what we want and why.

Keep your eye out for another announcement coming soon. I’d like to share helpful info on preparing and delivering testimony. I’d also like to invite you to a meet-up tentatively scheduled for Wednesday evening to help all of us prepare to speak.

In the meantime, clear your calendar for Thursday. This is the one chance we have in this 2-year session to speak in an official capacity to these Senators on these particular bills. Let’s make the most of it.

Thursday, February 12, 2015
9 a.m. (plan to arrive early)
State Capitol in Austin
Hearing Room E1.016 (take the elevator down to level E1)

See the official call for the hearing.

Can you attend the hearing? Can you bring a carload of people with you? Remember, an official tally is kept of each person who registers “for” the bill and each one who registers “against.” You have to be present at the Capitol to be counted.

See you there.

Tips for Testifying

firearms freedom activists testify in a Senate hearing in 2014

firearms freedom activists testify in a Senate hearing in 2014

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Action Item: call the State Affairs Committee for SB 342

It’s been a dramatic couple of weeks in the Senate. We saw Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick blatantly renounce his campaign promise to fight for open carry. Liberty activists responded by blowing up his phone lines and facebook page. The very next day he proclaimed that he was now in a position to proceed with “other 2nd Amendment issues, including Open Carry, which I have consistently supported.”

Regardless of such inconsistency, Patrick has now assigned both Open Carry as well as Constitutional Carry to a committee, which means it has potential to move forward. But in order for it not to die in committee, two things have to happen:

1.) the committee chairman has to call for for a public hearing, and

2.) the committee has to vote to let it move on out of their committee.

We need your help! 

We’ve already seen that phone calls make a difference in the Senate. Will you help us do it again? Let’s move Constitutional Carry forward in Texas!

Please Call Today

1.) Call Chairman Joan Huffman. Ask her to schedule a hearing for Constitutional Carry, SB 342.

Senator Joan Huffman, Chairman of State Affairs (512) 463-0117

2.) Call the other members of the State Affairs committee. Ask them to push for a hearing soon, and to vote in favor of SB 342.

Senator Rodney Ellis, Vice-Chair of State Affairs (512) 463-0113

Senator Brian Birdwell (512) 463-0122

Senator Brandon Creighton (512) 463-0104

Senator Craig Estes (512) 463-0130

Senator Troy Fraser (512) 463-0124

Senator Jane Nelson (512) 463-0112

Senator Charles Schwertner (512) 463-0105

Senator Judith Zaffirini (512) 463-0121

You’ll speak with an aide. It takes only a few seconds for each phone call. Simply stay professional and ask for a public hearing to be held soon.

Learn about SB 342

We encourage you to read the actual language of the bill. Click here - you’ll be able to choose three options of the bill as it was actually filed (PDF, html, or Word download).

Note that the language can be changed in committee or other points along the way.

You can also use as a resource for many things. For example, view more information about the bill, or sign up for bill alerts, or search for other legislation.

SB 342 on TLO


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Making Constitutional Carry a Reality in Texas!

Rachel Malone of Texas Firearms Freedom and Justin Delosh of Lone Star Gun Rights took a few minutes out of yesterday’s prep work to discuss gun rights in Texas and tomorrow’s event in Austin.

Please listen and share this video:

(Click here to view video on YouTube.)

Join Us:

  • Texas State Capitol in Austin
  • Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 8:00am
  • meet at the South Steps

A few suggestions for participants:

  • Wear comfortable shoes and expect to walk a lot
  • Bring water
  • Pack a lunch so you don’t have to leave the Capitol for food
  • Bring your kids - this is an ideal way to teach them good citizenship
  • Park in the Capitol Visitors’ Parking Garage at 1201 San Jacinto ($8 for all day)
  • Plan to stay all day. The number of people who show up will determine how long it takes to deliver petitions to all the offices.

We hope to see you there!

Even if you can’t join us at the Capitol tomorrow, you can still help.

1.) Sign the petition.

2.) Share the petition (CLICK HERE for a facebook post you can share.)

3.) Purchase T-shirts and/or donate to LSGR to help continue the push for Constitutional Carry.

legislative prep 1-11-15


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Constitutional Carry: Call To Action!

Please join us at the Texas State Capitol!

When: Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 8:00 am

Where: Texas State Capitol in Austin (map); meet at the South Steps

Who: All Texans who want to support Constitutional Carry (family-friendly event)

I’m honored to be joining my friends at Lone Star Gun Rights for this exciting event on the day we’ve been waiting for: the day the 84th legislature convenes.

We’ll visit the offices of the Texas State Senators and Representatives and hand-deliver petitions signed by their own constituents. These petitions urge reps to support HB 195, the constitutional carry bill already filed by Rep. Jonathan Stickland. (Read the bill here)

For the past year and a half, our main form of gun rights activism was participation in open carry marches. Our goal was to keep the issue alive until we had another chance at passing legislation. Not anymore.

Now our representatives are arriving in Austin. Bills are being filed. Committees are being formed. During the next 5 months, legislation will either be pushed forward and passed, or else blocked and killed.

This is it. This is our chance.

What will you do to help?

I don’t know your personal situation. I know it’s not possible for everyone to come to Austin. However, I strongly urge you to consider taking off work and making the trip to join us as we promote Constitutional Carry. You don’t have to talk or debate; you’ll be assigned to a group with a qualified leader who can be your spokesperson.

We simply need enough people on-site to show strong support for Constitutional Carry. 

Even if you cannot attend the event, here are three important ways you can still help:

1.) Sign the Constitutional Carry petition. (click here) LSGR will print and hand-deliver it to your own representatives.

2.) Purchase T-shirts and/or donate. Your support direcctly helps LSGR get more petitions signed and delivered.

3.) Get other Texans to sign the Constitutional Carry petition. Share this link on facebook, twitter, or other social media, or send a personal email to your friends.

Each voice makes a difference. Don’t let yours be unheard.

See you there.

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Gunpowder And Lace: How Firearms Empower Women

The first Gunpowder and Lace ladies’ open carry walk was a beautiful success, thanks to the great work of the Come And Take It Texas team.

In many ways, this walk was just like any other CATI walk: a safe, friendly, outreach and demonstration that an armed society is a polite society. It included positive interactions with the public. Participants traveled a tested route. Prior contact was made with law enforcement per CATI policies. Carriers regulated each other to ensure the safety of all.

However, this walk was exceptional: it featured the ladies. The women of CATI took the lead and were the only armed participants. Men and boys were invited to join in the walk, but were asked to carry only flags and literature.

The Gunpowder and Lace walk highlighted the fact that firearms empower women. They are the great equalizer. Women do not carry firearms out of fear, but rather because they don’t have to be afraid.

This demographic may be unexpected to those who are accustomed to the concept that open carry activists consists solely or primarily of the “gun nut” redneck guys. Nothing could be further from the truth. Armed women are a growing demographic and a force to be reckoned with. And they don’t look like they’re going anywhere anytime soon. Woe to those who would try to mess with these women and their guns. Legislators of 2015: be ready to face the accountability of these moms who will demand your legislative action for their gun rights to be upheld.

Many thanks to the women of CATI Austin and those from around the state who traveled to Austin to stand together and demonstrate the empowerment firearms bring to women.



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