Texas has long been a Conservative’s dream state, full of personal freedom and wide open spaces. The state boasts no state income tax and lax gun control laws, but the influx of Democrats moving to its large cities could change all of that. On the first day of pre-filing bills for the 2021 Legislative session, more than a dozen measures to increase gun control in the Lone Star state were introduced.
Despite Texans’ proud heritage of being part of the “Wild West,” gun-grabber Robert “Beto” O’Rourke managed to be elected as Representative for Texas’s 16th District from 2013-2019. In March, Joe Biden promised to make O’Rourke his “gun czar” as he works to pass widespread gun control measures on the national level. O’Rourke is perhaps most famous for supporting forcible confiscation of guns from American citizens.
The bills introduced in Texas for consideration in January seem to come straight from O’Rourke’s desk, funded by billionaire gun control advocate Mike Bloomberg. Texans need to speak up now before they watch their pro-gun state fall victim to the same restrictive legislation that plagues New York, New Jersey, and California.
Proposed Legislation in Texas
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The bills that will be discussed starting on January 12 include:
- House Bill 52 & House Bill 245 BANNING private firearms sales at gun shows.
- House Bill 118 BANNING private firearms transfers between certain family members and friends, requiring FFLs to process these transactions that would include federal paperwork for government approval at an undetermined fee.
- House Bill 127 BANNING long gun open carry with limited exceptions.
- House Bill 164 & House Bill 395 red flag GUN CONFISCATION legislation requiring firearms surrender without due process.
- House Bill 172 & House Bill 241 BANNING the sale or transfer and possession of commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms.
- House Bill 178 & House Bill 234 BANNING the sale or transfer and possession of standard capacity magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
- House Bill 185 MANDATING firearms to be stored in locked gun cases, safes or cabinets.
- House Bill 196 REPEALING key elements of Texas’ Castle Doctrine law, including stand your ground and no-duty-to-retreat.
- House Bill 201 REPEALING Texas’ Campus Carry law.
- House Bill 231 RAISING THE MINIMUM AGE for purchase of semi-automatic rifles and shotguns.
- House Bill 236 GUTTING the “30.06 and 30.07” signage requirements for businesses and making it easier for establishments to ban License To Carry holders from their premises.
- House Bill 238 REPEALING the state firearms preemption law and allowing local governments to restrict guns as they please.
What Texans Can Do
Texans who want to protect their Second Amendment rights are urged to contact their State Representative and urge them to oppose any and all gun control measures. Districts can find their representative here: https://www.house.texas.gov/members/
Texas has remained firmly Republican despite Democratic pockets (such as Austin, Houston, and along the Mexico border), but will now have to fight to maintain its gun-friendly status.
The current measures were introduced as support for stricter gun laws drops to its lowest level since 2016. Gallup published a poll on Monday that found around 57% of Americans favor stricter laws covering the sale of firearms, which is a seven-percentage point decline since last year. According to the poll, 34% of American adults prefer current gun laws while 9% favor fewer regulations.