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#5567179 - 01/27/15 11:00 AM Bills Filed in Texas Legislature
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Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendments

As previously reported, legislation has been filed to amend the state constitution and establish an individual Right to Hunt & Fish: House Joint Resolution 61, pre-filed by state Representative Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin) and Senate Joint Resolution 22 by state Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe). These important measures would ensure that future wildlife management decisions are based on sound science to protect the Lone Star State’s hunting heritage for generations to come.

Second Amendment or Sportsmen’s Sales Tax Holiday

House Bill 206, pre-filed by state Representative Jeff Leach (R-Plano), House Bill 712 by state Representative Drew Springer (R-Gainsville) and Senate Bill 228 by state Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) all create sales tax holidays for firearms and/or hunting supplies to be held one weekend a year around the start of hunting season. These bills are modeled after popular tax-free weekends held annually in both Louisiana and Mississippi for gun owners and sportsmen.

Anti-Gun Legislation Filed To-Date

State Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) has filed a laundry list of deeply flawed gun control measures. You can expect to see more anti-gun bills filed on the House side before the deadline to introduce legislation passes:

Senate Bill 256 bans the possession or transfer of so-called “large capacity magazines”;
Senate Bill 257 creates a criminal offense for failing to report a lost or stolen firearm to a law enforcement agency within 48 hours;
Senate Bill 258 restricts the private transfers of firearms at gun shows; and
Senate Bill 259 criminalizes the private transfers of firearms – even between neighbors, friends, co-workers and certain family members – and establishes an immense new state bureaucracy to implement such new restrictions.

Clarifying or Repealing Prohibited Locations for Concealed Handgun Licensees (CHLs)

House Bill 226, pre-filed by state Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rio Grande City) and Senate Bill 273 by state Senator Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) would impose civil fines on state agencies, cities or counties that improperly post 30.06 signs prohibiting CHLs from public property which is not off-limits to them under the Texas Penal Code. These bills are an effort to provide much-needed clarity for license holders.

House Bill 308, pre-filed by state Representative Drew Springer (R-Gainesville) would remove all restrictions on where CHLs may lawfully carry that currently exist in the Penal Code, and Senate Bill 311 by state Senator Campbell would repeal the criminal prohibition on carrying in certain locations listed in Sections 46.03 and 46.035 that are considered private property or privately-owned businesses.

Open Carry

Numerous versions of open carry bills have been filed, which can best be broken down into the following categories:

Constitutional or Permitless Carry: House Bill 195, pre-filed by state Representative Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford) and Senate Bill 342 by state Senator Don Huffines (R-Dallas) would remove the requirement that an individual obtain a Concealed Handgun License in order to carry a legally-possessed firearm openly or concealed in the State of Texas.

Open Carry for CHLs: House Bill 164, pre-filed by state Representative James White (R-Woodville), House Bill 910 by state Representative Larry Phillips (R-Sherman), and Senate Bill 346 by state Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) would remove the requirement that CHLs carry their handguns hidden from plain view and allow them the option of carrying them wholly or partially visible in a belt or shoulder holster. House Bill 106, pre-filed by state Representative Dan Flynn (R-Van), House Bill 291 by state Representative Dan Huberty (R-Kingwood) and House Bill 415 by state Representative Debbie Riddle (R-Spring) are similar to those bills, but they also specify that holsters used by CHLs have dual points of resistance.

Campus Carry

Today, state Senator Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury), along with 19 Senate co-authors, and state Representative Allen Fletcher (R-Tomball) introduced Senate Bill 11 and House Bill 937, respectively, to remove restrictions in state law that prohibit law-abiding, adult Concealed Handgun Licensees (CHLs) from protecting themselves on college and university campuses. You can expect to see the same misguided bias against these bills from some in the Texas media this session, but interestingly, a major newspaper in Nevada recently endorsed and strongly recommended passage of a similar measure filed in that state’s legislature. From the editorial, entitled: “Law-abiding citizens shouldn’t be defenseless on college campuses”:

‘Bad guys don’t obey gun laws, on college campuses and elsewhere. Lawmakers who oppose campus carry proposals must acknowledge that gun-free zones essentially create defenseless target zones. Considering the president of the United States and college administrators claim there is a sexual assault crisis on college campuses, why would lawmakers deny women the ability to defend themselves?’ - Las Vegas Review Journal

#5567189 - 01/27/15 11:06 AM Re: Bills Filed in Texas Legislature [Re: jeffbird]
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Thanks for posting.
...and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. Gen. 1:28

#5567199 - 01/27/15 11:12 AM Re: Bills Filed in Texas Legislature [Re: jeffbird]
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You're welcome.

Please take time to contact your elected officials. Most have websites that are easy to send a note.

Having worked for an elected official long ago, they and their staffs actually pay attention to what their constituents contact them about.

They may not always vote with the majority of the contacts, but it definitely is a factor they consider.

#5567429 - 01/27/15 01:12 PM Re: Bills Filed in Texas Legislature [Re: jeffbird]
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Loc: Germany
Great rundown.

#5567574 - 01/27/15 02:36 PM Re: Bills Filed in Texas Legislature [Re: jeffbird]
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good information. thank you

#5568417 - 01/27/15 09:41 PM Re: Bills Filed in Texas Legislature [Re: JRJ6]
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Originally Posted By: JRJ6
good information. thank you
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#5568452 - 01/27/15 10:02 PM Re: Bills Filed in Texas Legislature [Re: jeffbird]
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Thanks for posting. up
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