What bill(s) do you want to pass? Take 5 minutes and do something about it.
1.) Call your rep.
Tell the office you are a constituent who supports the bill (for example: HB 375, constitutional carry). Ask them to support it and co-author it.
2.) Call the bill author(s) and THANK them for authoring/co-authoring the bill.
Here is information for the authors/co-authors of HB 375.
Rep. Jonathan Stickland: 512-463-0522
Rep. Matt Schaefer: 512-463-0584
Rep. Matt Rinaldi: 512-463-0468
Rep. James White: 512-463-0490
Sorting through around 60 firearms-related gun bills is a time-consuming task. In reading through the text of all of these bills, we’ve asked these questions:
- Does it give the people of Texas more freedom of choice in owning and carrying firearms?
- Does it restrict personal liberties?
- Does it reduce government regulation?
- Does it add government regulation?
There are a lot of good bills this year. There are also a lot of bad bills. There are some bills that may help some gun owners, but also restrict others’ liberties. And there are some bills on which there is disagreement among gun owners as to whether we should support or oppose them.
We’ve chosen 4 bills as our top picks. We recognize you may have different priorities, and that can be a good thing. We need eyes everywhere. We’ve chosen these bills because we believe they do the most to reduce governmental regulation and give Texans more freedom in owning and carrying firearms, while not restricting others’ personal liberties.
1.) Constitutional Carry (HB 375 – Stickland) – This bill would allow Texans who may legally possess a handgun to carry it without a permit. Removing the permit requirement is an enormous step forward in personal liberty. The ultimate purpose of the citizenry having guns is as a defense against tyrannical government. If the government controls gun carry, the purpose is defeated. We should not have to apply for a license to exercise a right. See more on the issue of Constitutional Carry here.
2.) Eliminate Gun-Free Zones (HB 560 – Springer) – This bill would allow license holders to carry in essentially the same places as law enforcement. It adds nonapplicability of 46.03 for LTC holders and repeals the 46.035 ban on LTC carry in certain places. Obviously, this reduces a huge amount of governmental regulation and would take away the would-be assailant’s hunting grounds of unarmed victims. This bill also makes sense from a safety standpoint since armed citizens are statistically more accurate and effective than LEO in stopping a threat and keeping bystanders safe. Our support of this bill, however, is not a support of the license requirement for carrying handguns.
3.) Made in Texas (HB 131 – Krause) – This bill states that firearms and accessories made in Texas, sold in Texas, and that remain in Texas, are not subject to federal firearms regulations. It specifically includes suppressors. It does not currently include fully automatic weapons. Currently, the federal government claims its authority to regulate firearms under the “interstate commerce clause.” Having a system in which firearms are manufactured in Texas removes their authority to regulate. This is not only excellent for gun freedom, it’s also good for economic freedom.
4.) Liability for Gun-Free Zones (HB 447 – Bell) – This would make business owners who post 30.06 or 30.07 (or who verbally tell you you may not carry) liable for harm that comes to LTC holders who are disarmed. The main clause is fairly self-explanatory: “A person with control over the premises of a business who forbids entry on the premises by a license holder with a handgun is liable for damages that could have been prevented by the otherwise lawful use of a handgun by a license holder who would otherwise have carried a handgun onto the premises.” Although we support private property owners’ rights to forbid carry, we do believe it’s right for them to be liable for creating an unsafe environment when they forbid carry.
If you support any of these bills, please call your state legislators and let them know. To show support for these bills, a representative should co-author it. (Ask them to co-author.) A senator should work with the author to be a Senate sponsor so it can get through the Senate as well (ask them to sponsor).
Even though these are our top picks, we will be tracking and testifying on all the gun bills. We’ll let you know about all gun bill hearings. Please join us on the ones that you care about.