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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?

BREAKING NEWS:

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 http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Home.aspx 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.

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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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RPT State Convention Recap

The Republican Party of Texas (RPT) convention cycle has finished, and gun rights activists came out winners! Thanks to your work, we secured some exciting victories.

What happened?
How did we win?
Where do we go from here?

Keep reading to find out, and don’t miss the important ACTION ITEM at the end!

What Happened?

Every 2 years, delegates attend the RPT conventions to create a Platform (statement of shared beliefs) and Rules (guidance for implementing those beliefs). The 2012 platform already called for open carry, campus carry, and even Constitutional Carry; however, that obviously wasn’t implemented. We needed something more.

Here’s what we did.

#1 – Prioritization of Gun Legislation - SUCCESS

Out of its entire 40-page statement of beliefs, the Republican Party of Texas has listed one priority for the 2015 session: gun rights legislation.

View Rachel Malone’s 3-minute speech to the Platform Committee here:



#2 – Censure Concept - INCLUDED IN PLATFORM

We attempted to add a rule that would specifically call for censuring and penalizing office-holders elected on a Republican ticket who don’t hold to the core principles of the RPT. The Rules committee did not accept this, so it’s not an official RPT rule. However, the Platform committee still included it, which means the concept is a part of the Platform and could move forward as a Rule.

Why did we win?

These victories aren’t a coincidence. They’re the result of strategic planning, lots of hard work, and the presence of many dedicated activists (including many of you receiving this email).

Here’s how we achieved victory:

  • We attended our precinct and county/SD conventions.
  • We submitted resolutions for Censure and Prioritization of Gun Legislation.
  • We were elected delegates to the State convention in Ft. Worth.
  • We testified before committees.
  • We sat through hours on end of committee hearings to hold members accountable.
  • We worked together as a team, each doing what he could, to collectively get the job done.

Whether you gave a speech, submitted resolutions, picked up pizza, hosted an activist for the week, lent us a phone charger, or live-streamed committee meetings, thank you. If all you were able to do was to attend your neighborhood precinct convention back in March – or simply to share a facebook status and leave an encouraging comment – thank you for that. Those things can make a difference and win us a victory.

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with a friend and hard-working delegate

Where do we go from here?

Good question!

We need to prepare as many activists as possible to be involved in the 2015 legislative session. TFF is reaching out to gun clubs, gun ranges, political clubs, and other groups. I’d love to speak at your group.

ACTION ITEM:

Schedule a time for me to speak to your club, community, or other group. I’ll present the status of gun legislation in Texas, a blueprint for achieving Constitutional Carry, and specific action steps for you to help get legislation passed as law during the next session (January-May 2015).

Contact us here, or call (512) 937-3006.

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Post-convention, with two CATI leaders who were also delegates. Honored to be working alongside them for gun rights.

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State Convention: Tips For New Delegates

Are you an alternate or delegate to the Republican Party of Texas State Convention in Fort Worth this week? Congratulations, and welcome to a crazy week! Whatever your reason for being here – gun rights or otherwise – here are some suggestions to make the convention a better and more productive experience for you.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:

  1. Use this week as a chance to network. Find those who agree with you and keep in touch for future projects. Don’t treat the “other side” as the enemy – if they oppose you, stay friendly, treat them as real human beings, and try to help them see your perspective. Be a helpful person they can count on for advice – whether it’s a cheaper parking garage, lunch idea, or an important vote.
  2. Provide accountability. Just your presence sitting in on a committee meeting, even if you don’t give testimony, lets them know that you are watching and listening, and maybe reporting on facebook what they’re doing. This is good. We all need accountability.If you have opinions on a matter and feel like you understand enough to give testimony and/or talk with the committee members one-on-one, that’s even better.
  3. Elect SREC members (that’s the people who run the Republican Party of Texas) whom you trust. This may or may not be someone who is your friend. That’s OK. Keep friendship and political votes separate as much as you can.4.) Come home having given everything you could. Keep your sanity – do what you need to so you don’t burn out. Hold your head high no matter what the outcome is.

​If you have no idea what’s going on:

That’s OK. Take a deep breath. Just being there is good. State conventions are confusing. Do your best, do what you can, and don’t sweat the rest. Keep your mission in mind.

Even if you lose votes and don’t get your way on your issues, you can still accomplish Mission #1 very effectively.

DON’T GIVE UP!

Conventions are long and confusing. They can be both extremely boring and extremely chaotic. Be mentally prepared for this and don’t let it wear you down.

Also come prepared with snacks, packed lunches, water, comfortable shoes, and whatever else you need to make it through long days.

If you feel like you’re ready to leave, choose the phone-a-friend option first to get some good advice.

May you enjoy a productive week and prove to be an effective delegate!

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